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New community centre opens at Breezemount

A new community centre for Breezemount estate in Bangor has been officially opened.

Green Road Community Centre features a versatile main hall for sports, events and large gatherings; a smaller multi-purpose hall for groups such as mothers and toddlers, seniors’ clubs and community associations; a central kitchen to cater for the activities going on throughout the building and a spacious entrance foyer where displays can be set up, with seating and a waiting area. It represents an investment of more than £450,000. Many local groups are already using the centre on a regular basis.

Mayor of North Down Councillor Tony Hill officially opened the new centre. He said: “It is just eight months since I was here to ‘cut the first sod’ at the beginning of this build—what a different site it was then. It is amazing to see what has been achieved in such a short time.

“This centre represents an investment of almost half a million pounds and will meet many different community needs. In the first few days of opening it has been used by Breezemount Women’s Group; a local dance group; the Elim Church Drop-In initiative and the YMCA. We have had enquiries from North Down and Ards Over 50s Forum and a number of other groups. There is no doubt that the centre will make a real difference to many different groups and individuals in the local area—I know we have made a sound investment.”

Anne McCrea, community project worker at Breezemount Community Association, said she was “delighted” to see the facility now open.

“We would like to thank committee members past and present who fought for the building of this centre, the residents of Breezemount who completed survey after survey stating that it was top of their agenda, NIHE for donating the land,” she said.

“We would also like to thank our own councillor’s and members of North Down Borough Council who listened to us consulted us and recognised how great the need was for this community centre not only for Breezemount but for the residents in surrounding areas such as Conlig, Ardvanagh, and Stonebridge.”

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For bookings at the new centre contact Hilary McMullan on 9127 8029 or hilary.mcmullan@northdown.gov.uk.

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