Alliance councillors in Causeway Coast and Glens have welcomed a vote in Council to open Arts Centres and Museums in September. This overturns a previous committee decision to delay reopening until January.
Alderman Yvonne Boyle, who organised the successful “call-in” legal challenge against the original vote, said “I am glad that Council decided to reverse its short-sighted decision on delaying the opening of arts and heritage centres.
Many constituents will now be able to pursue their creative interests during the autumn months. Thank you to everyone who lobbied for this decision.”
Speaking to Causeway Coast Community after this month’s full Council meeting, Councillor Chris McCaw said, “I am pleased that Council have seen sense and reversed their previous decision.
“All other councils in Northern Ireland are reopening arts venues this year. Not only would we have been losing revenue, we would be placing staff in an uncertain situation and of course depriving the individuals and groups who normally use arts venues. As we emerge from lockdown, facilities like these are vital to addressing isolation and giving people confidence in going out into the community again following the lockdown period. This vote was a glimmer of positivity in a negative Council meeting.”