No cuts to funding for Riverside Theatre, Portrush Pipe Band competition and no increases to Lammas Fair stallholders were agreed at a special meeting last night which lasted almost 5 hours.
Speaking to Causeway Coast Community this morning Councillor William McCandless said “Whilst it is extremely disappointing that councillors were unable to reach a consensus on striking a rate last night, hopefully, an agreement can be reached this evening when we reconvene.
There was however some positivity pertaining to the list of proposed income/service reductions brought forward by the Directors. The UUP and Alliance received support for no cuts to the funding for Riverside Theatre, Portrush Pipe Band competition and no increases to Lammas Fair stallholders.
These are all well attended and popular events by the people of the Borough. To have cut them would have been short-sighted and depriving our community of annual events and entertainment. The Riverside Theatre particularly has a fantastic programme for young people which promotes confidence, improves vocal projection, articulation and assists them in expressing themselves. These young people and drama groups need our support.
The Pipe Band contest is the best-attended event at Portrush and the Lammas Fair is known throughout the length and breadth of Ireland.
I assure you that when we reconvene this evening we will be endeavouring to strike the lowest possible rate. There has been much-unwarranted focus on our council but I guarantee you we will be looking for more accountability and transparency in this coming financial year.”
Airwaves Portrush funding which amounted to £240,000 was among a range of leisure and tourism cuts approved last night. The closure of Waterworld was also part of the cost-saving measures.