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Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Council motion seek support to save Bennet House

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A notice of motion will be put forward to Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Council this evening to ask officers to intervene and bring some pressure against closure of the Portrush break centre for armed forces personnel. The centre is set to close next month with the loss of 21 jobs.

Last week a spokesperson for the RBL said “Following a period of consultation, The Royal British Legion’s Board of Trustees has confirmed that the charity will cease to operate its four break centres and home maintenance service.”

The motion brought by Ulster Unionist Alderman Glenn Barr, seconded by councillor Kyle Savage this evening reads: ‘RBL break centres offer members of the armed forces community time away when they need it most and give veterans and their families the chance to spend time with the service community once more. It can also be an opportunity for much-needed respite and relaxation.

This is obviously a very valued service here in Northern Ireland and indeed for those living within our borough, with the catchment area also covering the Republic of Ireland and Scotland.’

Causeway Coast and Glens Ulster Unionist grouping welcome support from their colleagues in Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon regarding Bennet House.

A spokesperson for the UUP Causeway Coast and Glens grouping said. “The Ulster Unionist Party have voiced their concern and disappointment regarding the recent decision by the RBL to close Bennet House in Portrush. Our MLA team alongside local Councillors have been in touch with the RBL throughout the process in a bid to halt the decision taken recently to close the break centre.

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We welcome the efforts of our party colleagues to overturn this decision and will work alongside them and others to convince those responsible to change their minds ”

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