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DUP split over closure plan

Thursday, 20 July 2017

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A DECISION to close an under-used community centre near Ballymoney has caused a split in the local DUP, the Chronicle has learned.
The row broke out when most Ballymoney-based councillors teamed up with the TUV to challenge the closure of Killyrammer Hall.
The initial decision was made by the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council's Leisure and Development Committee which includes DUP members form the former boroughs of Coleraine and Limavady.
They are now angry that Ballymoney-based Ian Stevenson, Frank Campbell, and Alan McLean issued 'call-in' proceedings in the hope of reversing the decision with backing from the TUV's Sharon McKillop, William Blair and Boyd Douglas.
A report on Killyrammer, drawn up by council officials and presented to the Leisure and Development committee in June, indicated the building was "poorly used" with an occupancy of under seven per cent.
The report also said there was little evidence of demand for new or improved facilities since most community activity took place in nearby church and Orange halls. That prompted a ten to zero committee vote in favour of closure.
A DUP source has since confirmed that course of action was agreed at a party meeting held just before the full monthly council meeting which ratified Killyrammer's closure.
*Read the full story in this week's Chronicle

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