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Clarke : Sale Of Waterworld

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“Following the decision last week of the Leisure & Development Committee of Causeway Borough Council to declare WaterWorld surplus to requirements and initiate the sale process, I made the following amendment at December’s meeting of full Council:

“To defer any decision to declare WaterWorld surplus to Council requirements until such times as a fully costed redevelopment plan is in place in respect of the Recreation Grounds; and Council’s strategy for Community Centre provision has been completed.”

Portrush is on the cusp of significant regeneration, which we welcome, but Council has tonight taken a decision that puts the needs of the resident population at the back of the queue. In a town of 6,800 people there is an obvious need for sports and recreation facilities, a decent playpark and a community centre. By moving to dispose of WaterWorld without giving proper consideration to its’ use for any of these purposes, or tying it’s sale to the provision of new community facilities in the town, Council has – in my view – made a serious mistake.

Our Council is spending hundreds of thousands of pounds on such facilities in villages across the Borough – why are the people of Portrush being treated differently? The tourism industry is hugely important to the town but we can’t ignore the resident population and their needs and aspirations any longer. I am deeply disappointed the interests of the local community have been disregarded by most representatives on Council in taking this decision.”

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