Kil­coole com­mu­nity cen­tre de­tails to be fur­nished in new year

Bray People - - NEWS -

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.

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