Mayor's Diary

Council meeting update

Council meeting update

Thu, April 07, 2022

A full meeting of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council was held on Tuesday 5th April 2022.

The Mayor, Councillor Richard Holmes, opened proceedings by offering his congratulations to Eoghan Rua GAC camogs on their recent successes as Derry Intermediate, Ulster Junior and All-Ireland Junior champions.

He also commiserated with Coleraine FC on its team’s defeat in the League Cup Final.

During the meeting, elected members ratified the following decisions:


Environmental Services committee

Additional dog runs

Fenced areas, where dog owners can let their dogs roam off their leads, will be created at Christie Park (Coleraine), Roe Mill Recreation Grounds, (Limavady, St John’s (Portstewart), Quay Road Playing Felds (Ballycastle) and Westbay in Portrush. It was also agreed that consultation will take place with local stakeholders in relation to the site in Limavady.

Net zero emissions for all new council buildings

Council will only build net zero carbon standard new buildings going forward. This follows a previous decision by members to declare a climate emergency and establish a Working Group to assist and signpost the decarbonisation of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council.

Asset Realisation

Four separate areas of land located at Loughguile Wastewater Treatment, off the Coleraine Road, Ballymoney, off Causeway Street, Portrush and the dis-used ‘Quigley’s Cottage’, located off the Magheraboy Road, Portrush were all declared surplus to the requirements of Environmental Services. They will now be processed by the Land & Property Sub-Committee.


Leisure and Development committee

Tourism Events Growth Fund

Funding was approved for the Heart of the Glens Festival in Cushendall (£13,000) and for the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association Northern Ireland Branch (£7500).

Rural Business Development Fund

A fourth Rural Business Development Scheme will be rolled out for the financial year 2022-2023. The Scheme’s primary aims are to alleviate financial poverty by enhancing entrepreneurship and growth and supporting micro businesses in rural areas. The funding would be delivered to further support recovery and sustainability post-COVID. It is anticipated that the grant will open in early May 2022, with a budget in the region of £125,000 with an additional technical assistance payment to council at 10% (£12,500) based on Letter of Offer value.

Landfill Community Fund

Five successful applicants will receive funding through the Landfill Community Fund.

Ballymoney RFC: Enhanced and expanded floodlighting (£15,000)

Kilrea GAC: Ball / Skill Wall Project (£15,000)

Portstewart Football and Community Club: Car Parking Upgrade (£15,000)

Eoghan Rua GAC: Provision of Leisure Facility for use by general public (£14,962.50)

Ashes to Gold: Kidszone at Moorbrook (£14,058.75)

A second call will now be opened for the remaining £95,606.94 from the 2022-23 budget.

Community Festivals Fund

33 successful applications were received for the Community Festivals Fund, and grants will be made subject to funding from Department for Communities.

Council will also consider re-opening the fund in July for events taking place in the second half of 2022-23.

Community Development Grant Programme

12 successful applications were received for funding through the Community Development Support Grant and Social Inclusion Grant for 2022-23, subject to the necessary funding being available from Department for Communities.

Culture, Arts and Heritage Grant

The Culture, Arts & Heritage grant programme forms part of Council’s Cultural Strategy strategic priority ‘to ensure increased access to, and participation in, culture, arts and heritage for marginalised and excluded groups’ as adopted by Council in 2016. £19,970 will be shared between 22 successful applicants.

Jubilee programme

Two additional events were added to the Jubilee programme - a food event themed around the Jubilee Pudding and Beacon Lighting Ceremonies, one in each legacy area.

Harry Gregg Legacy Project

Progress to Stage 2 and provide further financial support of £5000 towards the development of an Outline Business Case that addresses the key concerns within the Preliminary Review.

Woodland Project tender

Scottish Woodland Ltd were appointed to supply and plant two areas of woodlands on Council land as part of the Coast and Countryside and Biodiversity remit, with funding provided through DAERA. The project will form part of the Queen’s Green Canopy, established as part of the official Platinum Jubilee programme.

Tourism Event Funding Programme

Under the Large Events Fund, the following funding was allocated:

Coleraine and District Motor Club Ltd – fonaCAB Nicholl Oils North West 200: £100,000

North Antrim Agricultural Association - Ballymoney Show: £13,866

STATSports SuperCupNI: £100,000

Stendhal Festival: £99,918

Armoy Motorcycle Road Races Club - The Race of Legends: £18,195

Derry & District Youth Foyle Cup - O’Neill’s Foyle Cup: £25,000

The purpose of the fund is to support new and existing event organisers, with outputs that align with the broad aims and objectives of the Council’s Destination Management Strategy.

Land and Property Sub-Committee

Laurel Hill, Coleraine

Progress the sale of land at Laurel Hill, Strand Road, Coleraine to Radius Housing Association, and that the legal conveyancing and financial transaction processes commence and conclude accordingly.

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

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