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Ulster Unionists vindicated after successful resolution of Dungiven Leisure Centre dispute

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The Ulster Unionist grouping on the Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council has welcomed the decision taken by the Council tonight which enables the construction of a new Leisure Centre in Dungiven.

The project had been delayed due to a disagreement over funding, but following an undertaking by the Department of Culture, Arts & Leisure to make up the shortfall, the Ulster Unionist councillors were happy to support it.

Councillor William McCandless said: “The Ulster Unionist grouping on Causeway Coast & Glens supported this project from day one, and we are glad to see it finally get the go ahead.

“Our only concern had been to protect the ratepayers of the Borough, and once we became aware that there was a £339k shortfall, we were unable to vote for the scheme to proceed at that stage, because we could not give preferential treatment to Dungiven at the expense of other equally worthy projects.

“We tasked Council officers to secure additional funding from the Minister to make up the deficit. We were always conscious of the concern from other councillors and the residents of Dungiven.

This concern prompted four Ulster Unionist councillors to attend a recent public meeting in Dungiven and address concerns and engage with the community.

“After this meeting we again urged our Council officers to continue to engage with DCAL to assure them of our willingness to get this project over the line with the provison that the ratepayers of the borough would not be burdened with the cost.

“We are delighted to announce that our persistence and perseverance has been rewarded as  DCAL has now issued a letter guaranteeing funding of an additional £350K which Council can use to progress with another project and keep the Dungiven project cost neutral to the ratepayer. It should also be noted that an original proposal by council officers to use landfill tax money to meet the shortfall had been resisted by the UUP grouping on Council thereby safeguarding this money to be used in various community projects throughout the Borough. This would equate to about £300K.

“This will enable us to look throughout the Borough from Cushendall to Coleraine, Ballymoney to Ballycastle, Liscolman to Limavady, to identify areas of need where the £300k can be best utilised

“To quote U.S. Senator Bill Bradley – ‘Ambition is the path to success, persistence is the vehicle you arrive in.'”

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