Kilcoole community centre details to be furnished in new year
AN upgraded community centre in Kilcoole was the subject of a notice of motion at last Tuesday evening’s meeting of Greystones Municipal District.
Cllr Grainne McLoughlin and Cllr Derek Mitchell looked for an update on the facility given that a lot of public funds have been given to the redevelopment of the community centre.
They asked when it will open and with what facilities available to the public and the youth cafe.
They wondered what the management structure will be and who people can contact for bookings as well as a plan of the layout.
Cathaoirleach Tom Fortune, who is also director of the facility, was conscious of time constraints as the meeting was coming to a close.
He said he would need more time to go in to the details at a later meeting.
He also noted that many of the details about the scheme have been covered extensively in the press.
However, he spoke briefly and said that the centre will be open for use in the second week of January.
He also asked that the notice of motion come back on the agenda for the next meeting so that he can properly answer the questions.
‘I could speak for two hours on it if you want me to!’ said Cllr Fortune.
The parish centre was originally the site of the boys’ national school.
When the school was built in the early 1960s, it was 50 per cent privately funded. It was stated at that time that should it cease to be a school that it would revert to the community.
‘Every man, woman and child in Kilcoole owns the centre,’ said Cllr Fortune who has been involved for 14 years. ‘Longer than I have been in politics,’ he said. Open days took place at the centre and youth cafe last Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning with further dates in January.
Kilcoole Community Centre.