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£500,000 for Lisburn City Council 400th Anniversary but refusal for Poleglass £14,000 community post

18 December, 2008

Lagan Valley MLA and Lisburn councillor Paul Butler has slammed Lisburn City Council for refusing to fund an administration post in Poleglass of £14,000 despite allocating a half a million pound for 400th Anniversary celebrations.

Speaking today Mr Butler said:

"The decision by Lisburn City Council to spend £500,000 on a 400th anniversary is controversial but when contrasted with their refusal to fund a community administration post in Poleglass's Sally Gardens community centre an entirely new perspective is placed upon it.

"Poleglass is of the most socially deprived wards and Sally Gardens is one of the few community centres providing essential services in the area yet Lisburn Council refuse to invest in it. This is unacceptable.

"Others residents and community workers in areas such as Twinbrook, Seamore Hill, Knockmore and Lagmore will be looking at this incredible decision. These are communities who are also crying out for resources and see this as an example of extremely poor decision making.

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