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£2m Brownstown Centre opens doors

Alderman Arnold Hatch, Councillor Ronnie Harkness, Deputy Mayor Colin McCusker and Councillor Ken Twyble outside the impressive new facility in Brownlow.

Alderman Arnold Hatch, Councillor Ronnie Harkness, Deputy Mayor Colin McCusker and Councillor Ken Twyble outside the impressive new facility in Brownlow.

The new £2m Brownstown Community Centre has opened its doors.

The state-of-the-art facility includes a new seminar room with floor to ceiling windows acting as a viewing gallery for the newly-installed 3g pitch.

On the first floor there is a mezzanine area which can be used for exhibitions or a breakout space. There are two new rooms, a multiuse dance room and the seminar room which can be used for training or meetings. This room is flexible space as it can be sub-divided into two smaller rooms.

Local Ulster Unionists visited the building last week and declared it a massive asset to the community.

Alderman Arnold Hatch said, “This new two-storey building, along with the very recent 3g football pitch, and the additional 48 extra car park spaces, is a welcome boost to the local area and the residents.

“This is a state of the art facility which will service this end of the town for years to come.”

Deputy Mayor, Colin McCusker said, “This new centre for Brownstown represents an investment of roughly £2m for the area, and will be seen as a flagship community centre when the new super councils are formed. On the first floor there is a mezzanine area which can be used for exhibitions or a breakout space and there are a further two new rooms – one of which is a multiuse dance room. I have no doubt the community will be delighted with this centre when it is eventually handed over.”

Councillor Ronnie Harkness said, “As former chair of the leisure services committee as well as being involved in the sporting world in this area, I am delighted to see this upgrade to community and sporting services. This is a well used centre and I have no doubt usage will increase dramatically over the coming years.”

Councillor Ken Twyble said, “Coming fast on the heels of the official opening of Killicomaine Community Centre, there is no doubt that Portdown is now well serviced by excellent community services. Being born and bred in Portadown, and having taught here for so many years, I know well the benefit this centre will bring to the community.”

 

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