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New community facility for Castlemara

Published: Mon, 26 Jan 2015
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Sheila McClelland, left, Chief Executive of Carrickfergus Borough Council, and Chris Davis, our Good Relations Officer (right) officially open the community facility at Castlemara.
The new Castlemara community facility in Carrickfergus has opened its doors.
The Castlemara Community Association has, since its formation in 2012, worked closely with interagency partners to improve services, facilities and quality of life for the residents of the area. The new facility will provide a base for the group and will help address the lack of facilities in the area for both community and youth provision.
Castlemara was one of 85 estates to participate in our Building Relationships in Communities (bric) project.
The new facility was secured through a partnership of bric, Carrickfergus Borough Council and the Ministry of Defence’s Reserve Forces and Cadets Association Northern Ireland (RFCA NI).
The bric project invested £12,000 into the project putting in groundworks around the modular building, as well as funding the official opening on Saturday.
The RFCA donated the building to the group and Carrickfergus Borough Council invested £16,000 in the project, undertaking all of the planning approvals, building control and disability access modifications.
The building was officially opened on Saturday by Chris Davis from the Housing Executive and the Chief Executive of Carrickfergus Borough Council, Sheila McClelland.
Susanne Campbell, Chairman of Castlemara Community Association, said:
“Residents are delighted that the community facility is being opened. We have a programme of activities planned, which will include mother and toddler, youth clubs, training courses, among others.
“Previously we have had to undertake all of our activities out of the estate so now we can host those in the estate and work towards achieving results to make this a better place to live.
“We would like to thank the Housing Executive, the Council Chief Executive and her officers and the Reserve Forces and Cadets Association NI.”
Chris Davis, our Good Relations Officer, said:
“We were delighted to have been involved with this project on Castlemara, knowing that it will be of such great benefit to the community.”
And Sheila McClelland, the Chief Executive of Carrickfergus Borough Council, said:
“The Council is delighted to be able to facilitate this project in partnership approach with the Housing Executive and the Reserve Forces. It is an example of being able to bring real and substantial satisfaction to the local community with a small amount of funding.”   
Brian Sykes, Deputy Chief Executive of the Reserve Forces and Cadets Association for NI, said:
“Youth and community are at the very heart of everything that we do, so we were delighted to become part of this fantastic project and we take immense pleasure in seeing the Castlemara Community facility open its doors today.  This is an exciting and innovative partnership venture which demonstrates just how much can be achieved when everyone works together to bring a shared vision to reality.
“This new resource will allow us to increase our membership and bring opportunity, fun and fulfillment to the young people of the area.”