‘Positive ideas for school site’

Contable James Smyth, MLA Adrian McQiullan, Louise Brown of Louise Brown Associates, Dr John Kerr, Chairman of GADDA and Karen Eyben of the Community Foundation for NI and Rose Smyth of CRUN at a meeting last week to discuss the future of the Garvagh High School site. INCR40-154MP
Contable James Smyth, MLA Adrian McQiullan, Louise Brown of Louise Brown Associates, Dr John Kerr, Chairman of GADDA and Karen Eyben of the Community Foundation for NI and Rose Smyth of CRUN at a meeting last week to discuss the future of the Garvagh High School site. INCR40-154MP

AN MLA behind a group which has been set up to look at development opportunities at the Garvagh High School site has told The Times that there were ‘plenty of suggestions’ put forward by the community at a special meeting.

Adrian McQuillan MLA believes that the former High School site could be put to good use in a positive way to help bolster the town of Garvagh.

He said: “We set this group up back in May to look at the options available for the site.

“We don’t want to raise hopes that we will definitely get the site, but the meeting helped us get a clear idea of what people want at the site - we can then put forward a plan and present it to the NEELB.”

At the meeting various ideas were put forward - a swimming complex, a cinema, a caravan park, a outdoor pursuits centre and a training centre for local businesses to develop young apprentices.

McQuillan says that a plan will now be drawn up containing each of the options which will later be presented to site owners the NEELB.

“There is no guarantee that we will get the site, but I know that there is a positive feeling within the community about this.

“Those present on the night put forward some very good ideas, and there was a good cross section of the community there - people from all walks of life.

This is something that could benefit everyone in the Garvagh area.”

A further meeting will be held next month, before members of the group meet the Education Board to present their development plan.