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Ulster Unionists challenge council colleagues to support their motion to save Edward Street Social Centre

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Notice of Motion

Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council notes the current ambiguous status of the Edward Street Social Centre and the resultant concern caused to the Evergreen Club and Gateway Club.

The Centre was originally founded by the late Mollie Holmes as a social centre over 30 years ago for all of the people of Ballymoney and the wider area to enjoy. It now forms an integral part of Ballymoney’s infrastructure and accommodates not only the Evergreen Club and the Gateway club, but various other community groups and organisations who greatly benefit from, and rely on the facility.

Council also notes that aside from the ownership issue, the Edward Street Social Centre fell into a state of disrepair under the stewardship of the legacy Council. In addition the legacy council’s business case around the refurbishment works should be set aside.

We call upon Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council to take ownership of Edward Street Social Centre in Ballymoney, as originally intended, and to refurbish the building to create a community centre at the heart of the town for all to enjoy. In doing so CCGBC should carry out a new business case and negotiate the removal of the existing restrictive covenants. Whilst this process is ongoing users may continue to use the centre as normal.

Proposed Cllr Darryl Wilson
Seconded Cllr Tom McKeown

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