Enler centre to breathe new life into Ballybeen
Ballybeen's new £3.7million Enler Health and Community Centre was officially opened on Tuesday, March 22.
The centre, in the heart of the estate, is built on the site of the former Enler House which was demolished for public safety reasons.
The new complex, of around 3,100 square metres, will provide a modern facility that will serve the entire community by delivering a day care centre for the elderly, as well as community facilities and retail facilities.
The funding for the centre came from the Department for Social Development, Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety and the International Fund for Ireland (IFI).
Social Development Minister Alex Attwood said: “This project is an excellent example of what can be achieved when government, statutory bodies and other organisations work in partnership with the local community.
“The long awaited impressive new complex has been delivered as a result of hard work, determination, perseverance and team effort from the local community group BIG, NIHE, BHSST, IFI, Landmark East and my own Department.”
Dr Denis Rooney, IFI Chairman, said: “I am confident that our investment in the Enler Complex will help to deliver sustainable positive impacts long after the Fund ceases to exist.
“I am pleased to see that the new workspace units have already attracted a wide variety of businesses and the community hall, which includes a purpose built day care centre for older people offers a truly shared space and has already become a hub for all types of community activities.”
Maurice Kinkead, Chief Executive of East Belfast Partnership said: “Today’s official opening of the Enler Complex is another milestone in the regeneration of Ballybeen. It is a testament to local residents, politicians and the funding agencies, whose grit and determination, despite many obstacles, ensured the successful delivery of this superb social economy business that will provide retail facilities, services for all sections of the community and create local jobs.”
Mayor of Castlereagh, Councillor Vivienne McCoy said Castlereagh prided itself on being the “premier borough”, adding: “The Enler Centre is an exciting new initiative at the heart of Ballybeen and is an excellent example of a multi-agency partnership working together to provide valuable and much needed community space to the people of the area.”