Council pursues Stormont millions

Alderman Arnold Hatch.
Alderman Arnold Hatch.

The ABC Council is pursuing its share of the £80m promised from Stormont two years ago for social investment, which has failed to filter through to the projects it was meant for.

The issue was raised on Monday night by Alderman Hatch, who pointed out that letters of offer from the OFMDFM had been issued on 21 projects in the area –costing £4m - but had still not been finalised.

He also told the council that £12m had been set aside for play areas and that two local primary schools – Orchard and Hamiltonsbawn – were hoping to be included.

He tabled the following motion – ‘That the chief executive should set up a meeting with the relevant stakeholders to progress these opportunities with the Orchard Primary School and Hamiltonsbawn, together with the council and adjacent developers.”

It was seconded by Councillor Jim Speers and passed unanimously.

Mr Hatch said, “It has been very difficult to filter this money down to the community, and the council will be setting up meetings with Stormont to have the projects up and running as soon as possible”.