Belfast Telegraph

Council backs Templemore

By Bob Malcolm

Templemore Avenue School Trust (TAST) is to receive £100,000 as part of Belfast City Council's £5m Local Investment Fund.

The investment is to help complete a new networking centre which provides community and conference facilities, a day-care centre and crèche, café, and office accommodation.

Cllr Tom Haire, Chair of the East Belfast Area Working Group (EBAWG), said:"On behalf of the EBAWG I am delighted to be able to confirm this vital support for a landmark project.

"As representatives for the area we believe it is essential to invest in schemes that bring real, visible benefit to local people; alongside larger, construction projects across the city.

The Local Investment Fund (LIF) has provided a unique opportunity for us to work with local groups and I am excited to see this project realised."

"The new facility is a vast improvement to the formerly vacant building and means residents and visitors to the area will benefit from improved networking opportunities, local economic development as well as the visual improvement to the local environment," added the councillor.

The LIF enables councillors to bring forward projects on behalf of their own communities for funding of between £15,000 and £250,000.

Just under £1.3 million is earmarked each to the North, South, East and West of the city and a further £490,000 allocated for the Shankill area.

Funding for the TAST renovation is part art of the council's wider Investment Programme 2012-15 and complements other significant projects in the area such as the Connswater Community Greenway.

Many other projects have benefited from the Investment Programme including sports facilities, language and cultural centres, environmental improvements to public spaces and the development of community amenities.

For more information www.tasnetworkcentre.org.

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