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Closure would cut off ‘major community lifeline’

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Closure would cut off ‘major community lifeline’ thumbnailGreysteel Community Centre

"WE will not be closed without a fight” were the words of Raymond O’Hara as he defiantly opposed any closure of Greysteel Community Centre, following confirmation from Council that the ageing centre will not be replaced.

Causeway Coast and Glens Council has voted not to replace the portacabin structure, erected in 1993, that, according to officers, is nearing the end of its lifespan.

It is home to the local community association and the old Limavady Borough Council had promised to provide them with more permanent facilities.

However, during last week’s meeting of its successor council’s Leisure and Development Committee, members voted instead to transfer users to alternative venues nearby.

Raymond O’Hara, office administrator of Greysteel Community Centre, told the Northern Constitution: “The centre has been going for 25 years and we can’t allow it to disappear.

“It would also mean the disbanding of the Greysteel Community Association which has been going for almost 35 years in the area.

“This is totally wrong.

“It would mean the loss of two community jobs and the cancelling of many community classes and vital services in the area.

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