Council meeting update from Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council

The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council welcomed a decision to establish a Women’s Working Group as he opened this month’s full Council meeting.

Wednesday, 3rd March 2021, 2:10 pm

Alderman Mark Fielding said he was pleased to join the Group’s Chair, Councillor Leanne Peacock, and Vice Chair, Councillor Michelle Knight-Knight McQuillan to help officially launch the group ahead of International Women’s Day.

He also took the opportunity to offer his congratulations to musician Jasmine Morris who has been selected for a prestigious leadership role with the Ulster Youth Orchestra. The talented violinist is a former pupil of Portstewart Primary School and Coleraine Grammar School.

Reflecting on the announcement of the Executive’s Pathway Out of Restrictions, the Mayor said that while it was welcome news which offered renewed hope for the future, we must all continue to adhere to current public health advice.

Following a Council meeting on Tuesday, March 2, members ratified the following decisions:

Environmental Services

* Carry out a minor scheme of improvement works at Riverside Park in Ballymoney to further enhance the duckpond area. The work will include the widening and stoning of the existing path through the wetlands area, the installation of a boardwalk to provide better access to the pond and the provision of benches as a vantage point to overlook the pond and river.

* Undertake a pilot scheme at Limavady Household Recycling in partnership with the Rotary Club of Limavady to collect, repair and distribute unwanted bikes to school children in the Gambia as part of a wider initiative called ‘School Bikes Africa’ organised by Rotary International. The unwanted bikes will be taken to HMP Magilligan to be refurbished. This will contribute to their personal development and rehabilitation while for those in Africa, bike ownership can enhance family life and improve access to education, work and essential services.

Leisure and Development

*Carry out priority maintenance work at a number of sites including Joey Dunlop Leisure Centre, Coleraine Leisure Centre, Roe Valley Leisure Centre and Stranocum Community Centre.

* Progress plans for a new Accessible Play Park in Limavady, with the appointment of the contractor, allowing the project to move to the construction phase.

* Support the proposed ‘Causeway Up’ Programme in line with Action 33 of the Community Plan. This bespoke 26-week pilot skills programme will target the hardest to reach unemployed in the Causeway area. The Programme has been developed and proposed by Roe Valley Community Education Forum (Limavady), West Bann Community (Coleraine), and BCW Training (Ballycastle).

As per normal Council procedures, all decisions are subject to the ‘call-in’ process.