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Council to vote on plans for Borough’s Christmas Festivities

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Council’s Leisure & Development Committee will meet tomorrow night to finalise plans for the Borough’s upcoming Christmas Festivities.

Members of the committee will be presented with three different options to vote on. These options are as follows:

Option 1

The Tourism and Recreation Events team deliver a schedule of activities with a Santa appearance etc. and celebrations in the following towns:

  • Ballycastle
  • Ballymoney
  • Coleraine
  • Limavady

Accessible to all the population within 30 minutes drive by car.

The estimated cost for option 1 is £16,000.

Option 2

The Tourism and Recreation Events team deliver a schedule of activities with a Santa appearance etc. and celebrations in the following towns:

  • Ballycastle
  • Ballymoney
  • Coleraine
  • Limavady
  • Portstewart
  • Portrush

Each of these towns has a population in excess of 5000.

The estimated cost for option 2 is £24,000.

Option 3

The Tourism and Recreation Events team deliver a schedule of activities with a Santa appearance etc. and celebrations in the following towns:

  • Ballycastle
  • Ballymoney
  • Coleraine
  • Dungiven
  • Limavady
  • Portstewart
  • Portrush

Each of these towns has a population in excess of 2500.

The estimated cost for option 3 is £28,000.

In addition to the main switch-on events, councillors will be given the option to fund smaller community events in the smaller settlement across the borough.

These options are detailed below:

Option A

In this option, over and above the options of 1-3 for (Christmas switch on’s above), it is not proposed to award any additional funding or support to any further settlements across the Borough. This excludes the provision of trees and decorations already agreed by Council to listed settlements as detailed in Annex B.

Option B

Options 1 – 3 detail towns over 2,500 people that Council, depending on the decision, could avail of the “Christmas Switch On package”. Therefore, a community group / association representing a settlement that falls outside of options 1 – 3 could receive a financial contributions on application for Christmas festivities. This would allow an application process for groups to apply for funding subject to agreed terms and conditions and capped at £250 per successful application. The estimated cost for Option B if allocated to 55 settlements under 2,500 in population and therefore not catered for in options 1 – 3 is £13,750.

Depending on what options the committee chooses, the cost could be as low as £16,000 or as high as £41,750.

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