Paul Frew DUP Assembly member for North Antrim has posed the question of Mid & East Antrim Council asking them to consider whether it is now time for a brand new Leisure centre.
Frew explained ” I am receiving increasing numbers of complaints about the standard of Ballymena’s Leisure Centre. People complain about the inadequate space and equipment in the gym to the tired old facilities, even foul smells coming from the drains. It is clear a larger number of activities are being cancelled due to leaky roofs or health and safety concerns.
I have written to the Chief Executive who has explained in a letter that the council has commissioned an Architectural Company to carry out a full strategic Condition Survey of the Seven Towers Leisure Centre.
There are also plans to carry out interim repair works throughout the centre.
I would ask Council to seriously consider building a brand new leisure centre. I believe the time is right! Why spend more public money on sticking plaster work on an old tired building that is not now fit to cater for the health and well being of our people. Surely there is fresh opportunity with the potential to use some of the St Patrick’s land adjacent to the existing premises and then sell off the existing site for business opportunities.
Whatever Council decide I am here to assist in any way I can to make progress and affect positive change for our community but why delay? It will only cost more in ten years time if we don’t start the process now!”