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Social Centre review call

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Social Centre review call thumbnailAt Ballymoney Royal British Legion for the launch of this years Poppy Appeal with officers and volunteers seated. WK44KC21BM

A NORTH Antrim MLA has called for a controversial Causeway Coast and Glens Council (CC&G) decision not to acquire Ballymoney's Edward Street Social Centre to be "revoked".
CC&G decided to sever its connection with the facility founded by Mollie Holmes at the July full meeting leaving its main users, the Ballymoney Evergreen Club, "totally gutted"
TUV leader Jim Allister has written to the Chief Executive calling this decision to be "revoked", claiming that the Equality Screening Assessment was done after the decision to disengage had been taken.
However CC&G has released a statement saying that Equality Impact Assessment was conducted in line with the requirements of the relevant Section 75 legislation.
Mr Allister said: "Having been probing issues around the controversial Council decision I am amazed to discover, that the Section 75 screening process was utterly flawed. This totally undermines the bona fides of the Council process and decision.
“Since the Social Centre is expressly held in trust for the elderly and disabled of Ballymoney and district, any policy change by the Council to disengage from the premises required to be equality proofed, given that the elderly and the disabled are specific groups under Section 75 of the NI Act 1998.
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