Reprieve for Ballymac centre
The Ballymacarrett Recreation Centre is to remain open, following discussions by Belfast City Council’s Development Committee.
The centre had been threatened with closure because of concerns about the way it was being managed but centre worker Amanda Quinn that she believed the proposal to keep it going had been passed by the committee.
“The centre will remain open for the next 18 months and the site will be monitored and provided everything is okay then the lease will be extended for a further 18 months.
“It all has to be ratified but this is good news for the centre and members of the community.
“All in all it is an extra three year lease for the centre, but considering last year we were going to be closing this is good news,” she added.
Pottinger Alliance Councillor Máire Hendron welcomed the decision. “I am very pleased that after I proposed that the centre should stay open for the foreseeable future it was agreed that it would.
“This is excellent news for the community and is testament to the work being done by those involved with the centre.
“I would like to congratulate the council officers and members of the community who worked so hard to make this possible.
“The centre has an important role to play in the life of the local community. Alliance has done a lot of work to ensure that it remains open and this very positive news for the community.
“Excellent progress has been made, much good work is being done at the centre and I am pleased that this work can continue.”