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Sinn Féin back rates in Ballymoney for first time

18 February, 2008

Sinn Féin has backed the striking of the rates on Ballymoney Council for the first time. The party said that after negotiating on the issue over many weeks that they felt that they could be content with the low rise in the rates and the fact that a number of projects for local communities were secured.

Bushvale Councillor and Sinn Féin's Council Group Leader Anita Cavlan said:

"When negotiating on this issue over the past number of weeks our party grouping were guided by two goals - Keeping the rates low and delivering for local communities. We feel that we achieved a lot by the time the rates were struck and this was through a common-sense approach of working with all the other parties on the council.

" Two new play areas will be built in Derrykeighan and Druckendult this year and I am confident that progress is being made in regard to the placing of a new play area at Scally Park in Loughgiel after looking at proposals related to this.

"Further work will be carried out at the Joey Dunlop Leisure Centre and money is also to go toward new bus shelters in the district."

Dunloy & Cloughmills Councillor Philip McGuigan said:

"Ever since I was elected to Ballymoney Council in 2001 I have been fighting to have new changing rooms erected for the playing fields in Dunloy. This will now go ahead in the next year and £190,000 has been secured to fund this.

"The striking of the rates at 3.9% is one of the lowest in the north and we, along with other parties, put a number of proposals forward to keep this down."

Rasharkin Sinn Féin Councillor Daithí McKay said:

"The local Community Association in Rasharkin has put forward proposals for a new Kickabout area in the village and this is something that I would like to see progressed over the next year as there is a need for more facilities for young people in the village. The Council has agreed to decide whether or not it agrees to these proposals in principle at the next Leisure & Amenities Committee meeting and I will be proposing that we do, as the decision has been already deferred for too long.

"The restoration of the Priest's Well path in the village is something that we secured over the past year and I am hopeful that this important work will be completed over the next couple of months.

"To date I have put forward two proposals for a new bus shelter in the village which have unfortunately been unsuccessful but local people still want to see one put in place and that will continue to be a priority for Sinn Féin on the Council. Our proposals for a new roundabout in the village to help slow down traffic on the Finvoy Road have been accepted and this should be progressed as soon as Water Service work in the village is completed." ENDS

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