Mayor recognised contribution of the Local Community at Gala Awards
March 16, 2018
Sixty four local individuals and voluntary organisations from across the Lisburn Castlereagh area were recognised at the recent Mayor’s Community Awards held in at Lagan Valley Island.
Guests included the Queen’s Representative, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of County Antrim, Freddie Hall OBE DL, along with representatives from the Council`s partner organisations in the awards, Volunteer Now, the Education Authority and the South East Health & Social Care Trust. Entertainment was provided by the very talented Rodd Hogg and the compére for the evening was Pete Snodden.
The Mayor’s Community Awards acknowledged all nominees with a certificate of recognition for their invaluable contribution within our communities. The following category winners also received awards:
Young Champion of the Year Award, Cameron Williams, Lisburn Hub.
Team Spirit Award, Alcohol and You Team.
Arts & Culture Award, Sunflowerfest.
Bringing Communities Together Award, Valerie Douglas, Ballymacash Regeneration Network.
Fundraiser of the Year Award, Nikki Donnelly, Moneyreagh & District Community Association.
Community Impact Award, Atlas Women’s Centre.
Office Bearer Award, Mary Agnew, LCC Community Trust.
Brian MacDowell Life-Long Commitment Award, Gary McMichael, ASCERT.
The Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Tim Morrow, speaking about the event, said: “All our nominees, nominators and guests enjoyed the evening and I was very pleased to have the opportunity to host this event which recognised the hard work and dedication of all those who work within the community across the Lisburn Castlereagh area.
“The Scheme recognises those in the voluntary and community sector and included those who give up their time to volunteer. It is the selfless work of these committed individuals and organisations which help to build strong communities and make the lives of people of everyone better.
“It has been inspirational to see the amount of work that goes on across a variety of sectors within our communities; and the beneficial impacts that these deeds have had on so many areas of need throughout the Council area. Each of our volunteers should be very proud of the work they do,” concluded Mayor Morrow.
The Council received nominations from different sectors within in the Lisburn Castlereagh area including: community, health and well-being, active lifestyles, faith based, education, counselling and listening, environmental, conservation, supporting people with disabilities, women’s, men’s and youth groups, arts, sports and music.
The Mayor thanked the Council’s partners the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust, Volunteer Now and the Education Authority for their input to the Awards which demonstrated strong inter-agency working.
Alderman James Tinsley, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee, speaking about the awards scheme, said: “The Council operates this Awards scheme through its Community Services Section to give back to local individuals and groups who are unsung heroes within the Council area. We are very pleased to publicly acknowledge all the good work they do at home or in the community. Without these dedicated individuals, organisations and groups a lot of valuable work would not take place in the Lisburn Castlereagh area.”
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is looking forward to the 2019 Mayor’s Community Awards.
Lisburn Castlereagh - Northern Ireland's Jewel of Opportunities
March 16, 2018
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council will take London by storm next month when it travels to the City to undertake their most impressive programme of activity to date promoting the area to key decision makers and developers in a bid to crown Lisburn Castlereagh as Northern Ireland’s ‘Jewel of Opportunities’.
The five-day programme of activity (17th – 21st April) will commence with a ‘Treasured Opportunities’ investment dinner, hosted in partnership with Historic Royal Palaces – the charity responsible for the ongoing project to transform Hillsborough Castle into a major visitor attraction. The dinner, at the stately surroundings of the Tower of London, will see the launch of the Council’s ambitious ‘Our Vision for Tourism 2018-2022’ plan and the magnitude of the tourism potential of Hillsborough village will be revealed, due to the landmark transformation of Hillsborough Castle which hopes to attract 200,000 visitors per annum.
Chairman of the Council’s Development Committee, Alderman Allan Ewart, MBE, explains the London programme of activity: “The Council is delighted to host our annual ‘Invest Lisburn Castlereagh at Westminster’ networking event, in partnership with Sir Jeffrey Donaldson on the 18th April. This has proven year on year to be of considerable benefit to our local companies who use the opportunity to meet with potential customers and do business. This event is an excellent platform for Lisburn Castlereagh businesses and the Council to get in front of people looking to invest in our region. We want investors and developers to be part of our growth and share in our success and I am delighted to be launching the Council’s Pitch book at the event, highlighting the key investment sites right across our area.”
The Council’s Food and Drink Trade Programme, happening the same week, will also see local producers such as Carnbrooke Meats, Abernethy Butter and Hilden Brewery showcase their goods at the investment events, giving guests a taste of the region, as well as concluding the London Trade Mission by promoting and selling their produce at a speciality food market in London on the 21st April.
The Mayor, Councillor Tim Morrow, will join the delegation in London to fly the flag for Lisburn Castlereagh. He said: “The GB market is crucial to our local businesses and it is through events such as the ones being held in London we are opening doors for further trade. We are fortunate to have a vibrant business and manufacturing base but we want more. We want more businesses to set up here, more businesses to relocate and more trade for those already here.”
Chief Executive of the Council, Dr Theresa Donaldson, says Lisburn Castlereagh has so much to offer: “We work closely with our local business base in assisting them to improve their profile, increase their business and ultimately contribute to the growth of our local economy. This investment activity in London demonstrates the big vision we have to be Northern Ireland’s ‘Jewel of Opportunities’. I believe that the profile we have created on a local, region and indeed national level makes us stand out as a great place to do business and to invest in.”
If you are a business based in the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council area and would like to join the Council at the ‘Invest Lisburn Castlereagh at Westminster’ networking event (18th April 4-6pm) please visit http://www.catalina-consulting.com/lcccevents/ or email: LCCCevents@catalina-consulting.com
'Spring Flings & Easter Things' will be at Moat Park at Easter
March 15, 2018
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council will be hosting the ‘Spring Flings & Easter Things’ event in Moat Park, Dundonald on Saturday 31st March from 2.00pm – 5.00pm to promote its new outdoor performance area.
The Department for Communities part funded the construction of this performance area and the hosting of this free event which will have something for everyone.
The event will be packed with activities to suit all ages including a Mad Hatters Tea Party Theatre Show, an Easter Egg Hunt, craft workshops, funfair rides and face painting.
The event will close with a performance by group The Diva Dolls, a popular act performing contemporary cover music from artists such as Beyoncé, the Beatles, U2, Abba, Adele, Bryan Adams and Christina Aguilera to name a few.
Alderman James Tinsley, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee said: “It is fantastic news that the Council has secured funding to host this family Spring Flings and Easter Things event in Dundonald on Easter Saturday. The Council likes to see its parks being enjoyed by visitors and residents and it is hoped the new outdoor performance space in Moat Park will be enjoyed by all.
“Spring Flings and Easter Things will offer something for all the family, from young to old. We’ve arranged performances by local community groups, theatre shows, a bouncy castle, a petting farm and play areas suitable for small babies which are autism friendly. Please come along and enjoy the fun,” said Alderman Tinsley.
Local group performances will be from Dundonald Community Concert Band, Lauren G&L Dance Academy and Dundonald High School Choir.
Lynne Mc Donald from the Department for Communities added: “This Easter event is being supported through the Department’s revitalisation initiative to help bring people into and enjoy the facilities available in Moat Park, and Dundonald more generally. The Department continues to collaborate with the Council to support town centres and events such as this. I hope the weather is sunny on Easter Saturday and that everyone enjoys the event.”
This event is free and open to the public.
For further information please call 028 9250 9554.
Local Schools Celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight
March 14, 2018
Over 120 local schoolchildren were recently given the opportunity to learn more about the importance of Fairtrade practices, both home and abroad.
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council was delighted to co-ordinate the recent ‘Fairtrade Fortnight’ event at Wallace High School. The invited guest speaker Father John Joseph, a producer of coffee and spices and founder of WSSS Organic Farmers Fairtrade Association also known as WOFFA spoke about the huge difference Fairtrade can make in communities.
The Mayor, Councillor Tim Morrow, opening the event, said: “It was great to see such a turnout from the younger generation to hear how they can support Fairtrade and hopefully encourage their family members to do the same. Our support is very important as it will ensure that the small scale farmers in developing countries have the opportunity to compete in the global marketplace. Currently there are more than 1.6 million farmers and workers across 74 developing countries benefitting from the international Fairtrade system.”
Father John was welcomed by Alderman Allan Ewart MBE, Chairman of the Council’s Development Committee and Chairman of the Council’s Fairtrade Steering Group.
Speaking at the event, Alderman Allan Ewart MBE, said: “Initiatives such as Fairtrade Fortnight are an opportunity for our community to show their support for Fairtrade farmers across the world. Schoolchildren from Knockmore Primary, St Joseph’s Primary, Friends School Lisburn and Wallace High School had the opportunity to hear first-hand about the trials and successes of a Fairtrade farmer in India. Fairtrade farmers are sociably responsible and when we buy Fairtrade products we enable them to undertake vital business, environmental, health and social projects in their community.
“Fr John told a fascinating account of his life and how Fairtrade has impacted him and other WOFFA members to ensure an increased price for their crops are higher than the market rate, using the Fairtrade premium for the development of their organisation as well as making social improvements and protecting the environment.”
Local Radio and TV Presenter, John Daly kept the pupils entertained with an interactive quiz and lots of special prizes. Wallace High School and Lagan College also spoke about their own Fairtrade projects and encouraged other schools to get involved to support the Fairtrade Foundation.
Deborah O’Hare, Principal of Wallace High School added: “We were delighted to host this very important event in Wallace and I am very grateful for the enthusiasm and energy invested in the work of Fairtrade by Miss McKee, our Head of Geography. As a school we have held a number of events to promote Fairtrade products and I was delighted to welcome Primary and Post Primary pupils and their teachers on this occasion to Wallace to learn more."
The Council supports Fairtrade values and through its Fairtrade Steering Group, which consists of members from the voluntary and community sectors works to ensure that Fairtrade City status continues to develop in the Lisburn Castlereagh area.
Speeding motorists have been given the choice of accepting a fine or facing a ‘Kids Court’
March 12, 2018
Drivers caught exceeding the 30mph limit outside Anahilt Primary School, in Lisburn, were faced with the tough choice. Speeding motorists were grilled by a panel of children in ‘Kids Court’, who asked why they were speeding and if they were aware they could have hit a child.
The ‘judges’ were pupils at Anahilt Primary School and drivers who exceeded the 30mph limit during one day were given the chance to explain to the children why they were speeding – the alternative was receiving a penalty points and fine. As well as being asked why they were speeding they were also asked a number of questions about road safety.
A total of two motorists faced the Kids Court during the day.
Const. Jacky McDowell said, “Police have been working alongside teachers and staff of the school in order to educate the pupils in road safety. As part of this education pupils have participated in projects which highlight the dangers of excessive speed for Road and traffic conditions, making them aware of their own vulnerability and responsibility, when near a road. This has resulted in their participation in educating drivers who have exceeded the speed restriction outside their school, as to the potential of what could have happened, this has personalised the message to those drivers that have agreed to meet with the pupils. The goal of the project is to change driver behaviour through this experience of personally meeting with the pupils.
“This isn’t about trying to catch people out – it’s about making our roads safer for all who use them, whether they are children or adults and whether they are pedestrians, cyclists or motorists.
“A car travelling at 30mph takes twice as long to stop as a car travelling at 20mph. And if you are hit at 20mph you are a lot less likely to be killed or seriously injured than if you are hit by a car travelling at 30mph. As far as I am concerned, safety is paramount on our city’s roads, so our message is loud and clear: slower is safer.
“And while anyone breaking the speed limit can expect to be pulled over by the police, this campaign is also about educating people about why this 30mph limit is safer. We will be encouraging them to think about their behaviour on the roads and if they have not already done so, to change it for the benefit of all.”
School principal, Mr. Richard Reid said, “It has been a very positive experience for us as a school to have taken part in this initiative. We take the responsibility for educating our pupils about road safety very seriously and the opportunity to work alongside the PSNI and PCSP has been of great benefit to the pupils. The issue of road safety outside our school is something we are acutely aware of and this initiative has served to both reinforce the work covered in the classroom and send a strong message directly to those driving through our village.”
Councillor Aaron McIntyre, Chairman of Lisburn & Castlereagh Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) said, “This is the second ‘Kids Court’ held within the Council area in recent months to address the issue of speeding motorists outside schools. The PCSP is pleased that Anahilt Primary School have come on board to work in partnership with the PSNI and ourselves to address road safety and challenging drivers’ attitudes towards speeding. Road traffic collisions, particularly those resulting in death and injury, are a priority for Lisburn & Castlereagh PCSP and it is hoped that this initiative will send out a powerful message for the offending drivers.”
Deadline Approaching for Feedback on Council's 2018-2022 Corporate Plan
March 12, 2018
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Draft Corporate Plan is currently out to public consultation.
The deadline for responses is Monday 19th March.
Residents can review the draft Corporate plan online at https://haveyoursay.lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk and complete the corresponding survey or you can complete the survey form by clicking here and emailing your completed form to email@example.com.
The last consultation event will take place on Tuesday 13th March in the Function Suite at Bradford Court 5.00pm – 7.30pm at which residents can share their feedback face to face with council representatives.
Large text copies of the draft plan are available by calling 028 9250 9202.
A copy of the draft Corporate Plan can also be downloaded here.
Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Tim Morrow explained, “This plan has been in development for several months. It based on extensive research on the needs and aspirations of the area and engagement with members of the community, as well as the outcomes set in the draft Programme for Government and ambitions in the Regional Development Strategy. It looks closely at planned activity over the next four years and takes into consideration the longer term vision for the area.
“We would encourage as many residents as possible to provide their feedback on the plan to ensure that our goals are correctly aligned with the needs of the area, said Councillor Morrow.”
Encouraging residents, businesses and organisations to give their opinions on the proposed plan, Dr Theresa Donaldson, Chief Executive of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council said, “We have structured our Corporate plan under 5 strategic themes: Leadership, the Economy; Health and Wellbeing; Where we Live and Our Community and outlined what the indicators of success will be, so our residents will know ‘what good looks like’. We are hopeful that they will be in agreement with these themes and the outcomes we have tasked ourselves with achieving.”
Mayor hosts Reception for Outlook Group
March 12, 2018
The Mayor, Cllr Tim Morrow recently hosted a Reception for members of the Outlook Group, Lisburn, where he spoke about his civic role within the Council.
Council Marks Commonwealth Day
March 12, 2018
The Commonwealth Flag flew over Lisburn this week as Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council officially celebrated Commonwealth Day on Monday 12th March 2018.
Commonwealth Day 2018 marks 41 years since Commonwealth Day became a global celebration, marked by the 52 members of the Commonwealth.
The theme of this Commonwealth Day Celebration was ‘Towards a Common Future', and reminds us that cooperation as a family of nations enables us to respond collectively to global challenges.
Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP read the Commonwealth Day Message from Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Nations, The Right Honourable Patricia Scotland QC, which, said: “Fly a Flag is a wonderful opportunity for local communities to come together to celebrate the remarkable diversity and inclusiveness of the Commonwealth, and the many ways in which the lives and livelihoods of its 2.4 billion citizens are enriched through Commonwealth connection and cooperation. By working together locally and globally we learn from one another, and make progress for the good of all.
“On Commonwealth Day people of all ages and backgrounds in Commonwealth countries set in every continent and ocean will recommit to working 'Towards a Common Future', our theme for this year and for the Commonwealth Heads of Government being hosted by the United Kingdom in April.”
Raising the flag, the Mayor, Councillor Tim Morrow, said: “By flying the Commonwealth Flag the Council is displaying its pledge to support the Commonwealth, its commitment to work together for a future to deliver a fairer, more prosperous, secure and sustainable future for all citizens – particularly our young people.”
Digital Media Experts Inspire Entrepreneurs at Key Management Month Event
March 12, 2018
The Council’s Entrepreneurs Network came together with the Management & Leadership Network (MLN) to host an event at Lagan Valley Island to mark the start of Management Month at which Stephen O’Leary, Founder of Olytico and Oonagh O’Hagan, Managing Director of Meagher Pharmacy Group spoke.
Stephen O’Leary is an expert in listening to customers online and identifies how businesses can benefit from social conversations. Oonagh O’Hagan is a Tyrone girl who has made a huge success of her Dublin based business despite the economic crisis in 2009; and she has utilised digital media to grow her traditional business.
Entitled ‘Transformational Leadership’ the event was facilitated by Kevin Kelly, co-owner of MLN alongside the speakers and council representatives.
Stephen O’Leary spoke about how customers do not always give an honest answer about what they want – they talk online and it is up to the business to interpret what they want. He advised that every hour, minute and second of the day people are talking online about what they want and this provides an opportunity to market existing products or design new ones to meet demand.
Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Tim Morrow welcoming everyone, said: “It is great to see so many businesses represented here today. I had the opportunity recently to hear Oonagh and she is a true exemplar of how digital media can enhance your business. Within the Lisburn Castlereagh area we have an ever increasing population, bringing a wealth of talent, creativity and high skill levels to the local economy. As a council we are committed to supporting the local economy and bringing further inward investment to the area through new businesses setting up in Lisburn Castlereagh.”
Alderman Allan Ewart MBE, Chairman of the Development Committee, added: “Stephen was passionate as he informed local businesses how they can utilise the information that is readily available on social networks to grow their business and product lines. He has helped brands such as the Washington Post and organisations like the BBC and TV3 make better decisions through the use of social listening and online media monitoring.
“It was inspirational to hear how Oonagh transformed her business despite the economic downturn and how she has used digital media to grow her business, and provide an online community for her customers. Oonagh was able to adapt quite quickly due to the flat structure of her company. As a result of her online success she made further acquisitions increasing her number of premises and her product ranges as well as setting up specialised online clinics to meet her customers’ needs.
“The importance of versatility and the ability to embrace social media channels is important to all businesses irrespective of sector. Any business can sell themselves online, it is not limited to those businesses that make or distribute products. The Council throughout the year runs networking events with guest speakers to ensure local businesses have up to date knowledge to enhance their skills in marketing, business growth, cyber security, sales and leadership,” concluded Alderman Ewart.
Oonagh O’Hagan outlined to the audience how she transformed her traditional pharmacy business model to adapt to the online age. Oonagh owns five pharmacies and when the economic crisis struck her bottom line took a significant hit. This caused her to look at her business case and she identified what her core values were at that time and following market research she prioritised her marketing activities. She took Meaghers Pharmacy online even before Boots had thought about an online store. Over the years she has enhanced her online offering to ensure that she is part of her customers’ conversations and she is now looking to offer goods to the USA and Australia markets in the near future.
Following a question and answer session, attendees left with the knowledge to research their customers’ online, look at how the future of their business can be shaped using digital media and plan to build relationships through communication, engagement and investment.
A Homecoming Celebrated for 2 Rifles in Lisburn in the Presence of HRH The Earl of Wessex
March 9, 2018
There was synchronised sound in Lisburn city centre today where a Homecoming Parade of the 2 Rifles took place. The Parade followed a six-month tour of Iraq.
There was an Inspection and Salute in the city centre in the presence of the HRH the Earl of Wessex, Royal Colonel of the 2 Rifles.
The Council was delighted with the Royal Visit, which is the first royal visit to Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council.
In attendance were the Lord Lieutenant for County Antrim, Mrs Joan Christie CVO OBE; the High Sheriff of County Antrim, Mrs Gillian Bingham; Major General Jones OBE; Brigadier John Swift OBE Commander 38 (Irish) Brigade; Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Neil Bellamy Commanding Officer (CO) 2nd Battalion, The Rifles (2 Rifles); Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council Elected Members, its Chief Executive, Dr Theresa Donaldson and members of the public.
Prior to the Parade, the Council hosted a Homecoming Reception at Lagan Valley Island for the 2 Rifles in the early part of Friday morning. HRH the Earl of Wessex was warmly welcomed where he met invited guests and was accompanied by the Lord Lieutenant Mrs Joan Christie CVO OBE and Mayor, Councillor Tim Morrow.
The Homecoming Parade then took place in Lisburn city centre with around 500 servicemen, complete with the Band of the Rifles.
The Mayor, Councillor Tim Morrow said: “It was an honour to welcome the Earl to Lagan Valley Island and to Lisburn. I was very pleased to welcome our serving troops to Lagan Valley Island following their recent return from Iraq. We of course respect their bravery, camaraderie, and dedication to duty. It is for these very reasons that it was a privilege to welcome 2 Rifles today.
Lt Col Neil Belamy, Commanding Officer 2 Rifles, said: “To be invited to parade through the streets of our home city of Lisburn is a great honour for all of the riflemen of the battalion and for me personally as the Commanding Officer.
“The unit has recently returned from Operation ‘SHADER’ in Iraq and this weekend is the perfect opportunity to come together and celebrate being a unit with our local community.
“Lisburn has been our home for a few years and we have been made to feel very welcomed. We have forged great relationships and the high point of this for me will be Friday when we get to parade through our home town in front of all of our friends.”
Councillor Scott Carson, Chairman of the Council’s Corporate Services Committee said: “The Council appreciates the dedication and achievements of all our service personnel and we were delighted to have the opportunity to see our returning troops parade through Lisburn in such glorious sound and colour. Lisburn has a long and respected history with the Armed Forces and we greatly appreciate their work, training and the service brought across the world for Queen and country.”
2 Rifles Parade in Lisburn City Centre, Friday 9th March at 11am
March 8, 2018
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is delighted to host a Homecoming Reception at Lagan Valley Island for the 2 Rifles who have returned from a six-month tour in Iraq followed by a Parade through Lisburn City Centre on Friday 9th March at 11am.
The Mayor, Councillor Tim Morrow, speaking about the event, said: “It will be an honour to welcome over 250 of our serving troops to Lagan Valley Island on their recent return from Iraq. Our council recognises the dangers faced by those fighting in battles on foreign soil and respects their bravery, camaraderie, and dedication to duty. It is for these very reasons that it is a privilege to host a reception for our troops. After the reception the soldiers will parade through Lisburn City Centre; and we would like to see our residents come out to show their support.”
The Parade will take place in Lisburn City Centre at approximately 11am, with an Inspection and Salute being taken in Market Square North. The Parade of approximately 500 soldiers will create a real buzz of marching feet along our streets. Best viewing positions are in Bow Street and the Market Square area.
Councillor Scott Carson, Chairman of the Council’s Corporate Services Committee said: “The Council appreciates the dedication and achievements of all our service personnel and we are delighted to have the opportunity to see our returning troops’ parade through Lisburn, their battalion headquarters. They will be led by the Band of the Rifles. I hope that many of our residents will come along and line the streets of Lisburn City Centre on Friday 9th March to show their support for those who selflessly serve our country and protect the lives of others.”
Customer Information for Lagan Valley Island - Friday 9th March
March 8, 2018
We wish to advise all our customers that due to an event at Lagan Valley Island today (9th) there will be no customer parking on-site until after 1.00pm.
For our customers’ convenience we would advise that unless the Registration Service is required that visits should be left until after 1pm.
Registration of births, deaths and marriages will continue at Lagan Valley Island with car parking available for these customers at Millbrook Car Park.
Our usual Registration Service will resume at 1.00pm.
The Registration Office at Bradford Court will be open as normal, appointments can be made by telephone on 028 9244 7613.
We would also advise that access to Lagan Valley Island building will be from the main Island Arts Centre entrance only.
Please note: For all other services and for customers own convenience, customers are encouraged to access the site after 1pm.
2 RIFLES HOMECOMING PARADE IN LISBURN CITY CENTRE, 11AM FRIDAY 9TH MARCH
March 8, 2018
We can announce that a Homecoming Parade of the 2 Rifles will take place in Lisburn city centre on Friday 9th March. Members of the public are very welcome to come along to the city centre and see the spectacular parade, which will be led by the Band of the 2 Rifles. We would advise that anyone wishing to see the Parade is in place before 11am on Friday morning.
Best views of the Parade will be in Bow Street Lisburn and Market Place, and it will return to Lagan Valley Island afterwards.
The 2 Rifles have returned from a tour in Iraq and the Council is delighted to welcome the 2 Rifles Homecoming Parade to the city.
2 Rifles Band to Provide a One-Off Performance in Lisburn City Centre on Thursday
March 7, 2018
The Band of the 2 Rifles will provide a one-off 40 minute musical performance in Market Square Lisburn on Thursday 8th March commencing at 2.30pm.
If you would like to come along to see the band and hear their fantastic repertoire, come along to Market Square. Everyone is very welcome.
Grateful thanks to the band from Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council.
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council Awarded Charter Status
March 7, 2018
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council has received the prestigious Elected Member Development Charter award, a national standard of excellence gained by a small number of the UK’s 400+ local authorities. This represents clear recognition of the Council’s sustained commitment to developing and supporting councillor learning and community participation.
Speaking at the presentation of the award at Lagan Valley Island Civic Centre on the 27th February 2018, Alderman Freda Donnelly, Vice President of the Northern Ireland Local Government Association (NILGA), emphasised Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s real achievement. All councillors interviewed as part of the assessment process spoke of how much they recognised and valued the officer support available to them.
Councillor Nathan Anderson, Chairman of the Council’s Elected Member Development Steering Group said: “There is a commitment from our Elected Members to deliver the best for our residents and businesses; and part of this is our willingness to enhance our skills in areas such as strategic approach and decision making. A robust support network of learning and development has been established and will be followed over the next three years of this National Charter Accreditation. Council Officers and Elected Members will continue to work together to deliver efficient services across the Lisburn Castlereagh area in the years ahead.”
Alderman Freda Donnelly, Vice President of NILGA added: “NILGA led a detailed and arduous assessment to determine if Council met the Charter standard. Commitment, effective communication, officer – member partnership, community engagement, corporate and constituent level work, and learning gained, planned and required for each councillor to enhance their public service skills were assessed. Clearly, Lisburn and Castlereagh do in practice what is presented on paper, the local authority received a high score on many aspects, including its plans for continuous improvement of member learning and development as it plans for and invests in the community.
“We congratulate both the councillors and officers of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council on their dynamic commitment to elected member development. I hope the example set will encourage all other councils to pursue this accreditation”, said Alderman Donnelly.
International European League Table Tennis returns to Lisburn
March 7, 2018
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is pleased to announce that an important European League Table Tennis match between Ireland and Lithuania is to be staged in Lisburn Racquets Club on Tuesday 20th March at 7.30pm.
This provides an exciting opportunity for fans and spectators to see top class table tennis at close hand. The Irish side recently recorded an impressive 3-0 victory over San Marino in Dublin so come to Lisburn in a buoyant mood for this crucial League Match.
Speaking about the match Chairman of the Council’s Development Committee, Alderman Allan Ewart, MBE said: “The Lisburn-based International gives a chance for everyone to see Northern Ireland’s Commonwealth Table Tennis Men’s Team players in action just before they set off for the Games in Gold Coast, Australia on Monday 26th. We are delighted that Lisburn will be host to this International European League.”
The NI Commonwealth Games Team of Paul McCreery, Ashley Robinson, Owen Cathcart and Zak Wilson was selected several weeks ago, with all except Paul currently in training in Sweden under the guidance of National and Commonwealth Coach John Murphy. While Zak is not available for the Irish match against Lithuania due to German Club duties, it is widely anticipated that the Irish Team will feature Ashley, Owen and Paul along with Dublin’s Gavin Maguire. The Team will be formally announced next week.
Alderman James Tinsley, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure and Community Development Committee, said: “We enjoy a long-standing relationship with Lisburn Racquets Club and it is great to see such a high profile match being played in our City. We are fortunate to have so many great sporting facilities on our doorstep and we are keen to expand our leisure offering throughout the area. This latest event is a welcome addition to an already packed sporting calendar.”
Mayor, Councillor Tim Morrow said, “It would be great to see everyone come out and support the Team and wish the NI Commonwealth boys the best of luck at the Gold Coast. The match is free to attend so make sure you get the date your diary and come along.”
For further information please contact Patricia Hunter, President of Table Tennis Ulster at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tree planting in Moira Demesne
March 6, 2018
Children from the Eco-Council at Meadow Bridge Primary School recently joined the Chairman of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Chairman of the Leisure & Community Development Committee, Alderman James Tinsley in Moira Demesne to plant new trees following damage caused by recent winter storms.
The Council has planted a range of deciduous trees in Wallace Park and Moira Demesne including oak, hornbeam, birch and lime and continues to plant trees in other affected areas.
Council Service and Facility Updates
February 28, 2018
Council Celebrates International Women's Day
February 28, 2018
The Council has two public events taking place on Thursday 8th March to celebrate International Women’s Day 2018 and embracing the theme of #PressforProgress and we would like to invite residents to attend.
Members of the business community are invited to attend the ‘Empowerment and Making it Happen’ event at Café Vic Ryn form 8.45am; and the event at the Bridge Community Centre from 9.30am – 1.30pm is open to everyone.
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council also recently launched its ‘Ladies Group’ marking the Centenary of the Representation of the People 1918.
The Deputy Mayor, Councillor Hazel Legge, who is leading the Ladies Group, speaking about these events, said: “The Council is very pleased to be hosting two events to celebrate International Women’s Day and empower local ladies to remain confident in their professional relationships and celebrate the achievements of women over the last 100 years.
“In addition to the 8th March events we will be working with our partners and local stakeholders to host events which honour the women who fought hard for the rights we have today. As Deputy Mayor I am fortunate to be in the position to highlight all the good work that has been done and inspire good work to be carried out in the future,” she concluded.
Dr Theresa Donaldson, Chief Executive of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, added: “I would encourage local ladies to register for our upcoming events on the 8th March as soon as possible as they are proving popular. The speakers at the ‘Empowerment and Make it Happen’ event include Helen Allen from House of Colour and Carmel McKinney OBE at Café Vic Ryn and Joan Carberry and Billy Dixon will speak at the Bridge Community Centre. As a council we are keen to encourage women to be strong leaders and look forward to offering them the opportunity to hear from inspirational women across the Lisburn Castlereagh area.”
To register for the Entrepreneurs event at Café Vic Ryn go to www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/42125736211 and to register for the event at the Bridge Community Centre phone 028 9260 5806.
Scoop the Poop or pay the price
February 27, 2018
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is reminding residents to ‘Take the Lead’ in scooping the poop or they will face an on-the-spot fine for £80.
Speaking in Wallace Park, Chairman of the Council’s Environmental Services Committee, Alderman Tommy Jeffers, said: “The Council has a zero tolerance policy on dog fouling and our Enforcement Officers will be on the look-out in local areas to ensure that dog owners who fail to scoop the poop are held accountable and fined. Our ‘Watch Dog’ branding will ensure that our message is highly visible throughout the Council area in posters, outdoor advertising and on our bin lorries, and we want to work with the community in stamping out this bad habit.”
“We recognise that the majority of dog owners are responsible and do the right thing but unfortunately a minority of dog owners are still being irresponsible and thoughtless and failing to pick up after their dog. Dog fouling is not only an unpleasant encounter for any resident, but presents health hazards for anyone who comes into direct contact with it. We want to make sure our parks and open spaces are maintained in such a way that they are pleasant and safe for everyone to enjoy”, he continued.
Dog owners in the Council area are encouraged to be responsible ensuring that their dogs are licensed and microchipped and they ‘scoop the poop’ to avoid facing an £80 on the spot fine.
The Council would urge anyone who witnesses irresponsible dog ownership to report this on: 028 92447 394.
Luxury holiday company Revere Travel opens for bookings in Lisburn Square
February 22, 2018
Chairman of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Development Committee, Alderman Allan Ewart MBE welcomed the new luxury travel company to Lisburn City Centre saying: “Revere Travel specialise in tailor-made luxury holidays and honeymoons, and have thousands of air miles of knowledge and experience in the Americas, Europe and Asia. I would like to take this opportunity to wish Revere Travel every success for their new business venture in Lisburn City Centre. It is great to see another enterprising person opening up a store in the recently upgraded Lisburn Square. This really adds something new to the mix of services offered at this vibrant location.”
Michael Preedy, proprietor of Revere Travel added “We are delighted to open our business in Lisburn Square and are looking forward to welcoming new clients to avail of our services.
We take the time to understand the destinations you want, the best hotels, the top things to do, and we gather all this information together and give you what you want, without you having to compromise. Our company is family-run, but we have a backing of a consortium, ensuring we can offer all the top brands at competitive prices.
It is our aim to deliver exceptional, unforgettable holidays to the world’s best destinations – all in the ultimate luxury and look forward to welcoming visitors to our new store here in Lisburn Square.”
For more information visit: www.facebook.com/reveretravel
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council Showcase ambitious Plans for the Council Area
February 21, 2018
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council showcased the development and transformation potential of the council area to MPs, and MLAs, at a think tank event held recently at Lagan Valley Island.
Elected Members Ald. David Drysdale, Ald. William Leathem and Cllr Luke Poots along with Council Chief Executive Dr Theresa Donaldson and Senior Officers Donal Rogan and Jim Rose outlined the Council’s ambitious plans in diverse areas such as investment programmes, key capital projects, transformation plans, City Deal, community planning and the Local Development Plan.
Attendees were asked to consider how the Council could better deliver on their plans and how they, as elected representatives, could help share the Council’s vision and support its plans for the future.
The political engagement event was hosted and introduced by The Mayor, Cllr Tim Morrow who said, “I’d like to thank all our political representatives for joining with the Council to learn more about where we see Lisburn and Castlereagh in the future and how we can work together, both at a local, regional and national level to best suit our residents and generations to come.
“It is said that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts and this is so true when we look at the potential for what can be achieved if we all work together and I am encouraged by today’s turnout and commitment to a shared vision for the future,” said Cllr Morrow
The event also featured workshops where attendees were asked to identify any additional key areas for inclusion in the Council’s plans and discuss how local politicians could help improve external partnerships to deliver on these plans.
During the event, the Chief Executive of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Dr Theresa Donaldson introduced the key themes that will be included in the Council’s new 2018-2022 Corporate Plan, an investment programme which will would focus on improvements in the tourism, leisure and digital infrastructure of the area as well as the night time economy.
Dr Donaldson also outlined how the plans for the Council area will fit alongside development and transformation plans for all of Northern Ireland.
Dr Donaldson said, “We have in place an ambitious and comprehensive transformation programme for the area. We need the support and engagement of political representatives at all levels in order to successfully deliver on these plans and help the area fulfil its maximum potential and it is very encouraging to see such strong support being shown here today.
“Our Corporate Plan will be released for public consultation later this week and focuses on five themes; Leading Well, The Economy, Health and Wellbeing, Where we live and Our Community and I confident that by working in tandem across these main areas we will be able to better deliver on all our plans for the Council area”
In summing up the event and highlighting the need for collaborative working to achieve the outlined plans, Dr Donaldson concluded by telling the audience, “Together we are stronger.”
Attendees at the recent showcase event at Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn.
Pictured at the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council's showcase event on the development and transformation potential of the Council area are (l-r) Gavin Robinson, MP for Belfast East; Cllr Luke Poots, Chair of the Planning Committee; Dr Theresa Donaldson, Chief Executive; Jim Rose, Director of Leisure & Community Wellbeing; Mayor, Cllr Tim Morrow; Ald William Leathem, Chair of the Strategic Community Planning Partnership; Donal Rogan, Director of Service Transformation and Paul Girvan, MP for South Antrim.
Wallace Park gets spruced up
February 20, 2018
The Chairman of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee, Alderman James Tinsley, was recently joined by Amy Rose and Harry McMillan from Maghaberry Primary School, to plant new trees in Wallace Park following damage caused by recent winter storms.
Alderman Tinsley explains: “The Council took the decision to replace every tree that was removed or damaged due to storms or routine thinning with two new trees, where possible. Storms Ophelia, Eleanor and Dylan wreaked havoc right across the island of Ireland with devastating consequences and the Council’s parks did not escape.
“Unfortunately we lost a number of trees in Wallace Park and Moira Demesne and other green spaces throughout the area. The Council’s Leisure & Community Wellbeing staff assessed the situation and had to take remedial action for the trees that were deemed dangerous. It was upsetting to lose the trees, some of which were hundreds of years old, but we must be thankful that no harm was caused to the public. We pride ourselves on our beautiful parks and the Council is pleased to maintain this for future generations to come. Getting the local school children involved in the tree planting means they feel a part of this very important restoration project and I would like to thank Maghaberry Primary School for coming along and helping out”, he concluded.
The Council has planted a range of deciduous trees in Wallace Park including oak, hornbeam, birch and lime and plans to carry out similar tree planting in Moira Demesne and other affected areas over the following weeks.
Council Welcomes Delegation From Montenegro
February 19, 2018
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council welcomed a delegation of professionals from the Human Resources Management Authority (HRMA) in Montenegro to Lagan Valley Island recently.
Councillor Scott Carson, Chairman of the Council’s Corporate Services Committee greeted the delegation, which met with HR & OD representatives from the Council to learn how the Council recruits staff and manages their development and performance.
HRMA is responsible for a range of HR functions for the public sector in Montenegro. In particular they are responsible for the management of recruitment and for the training of civil servants in Montenegro, which includes local government employees and a much wider range of jobs than would be normal in the UK.
Councillor Carson, welcoming the delegation, said: “It is a pleasure to welcome you to our council headquarters as part of your study visit to Northern Ireland to meet with HR professionals from local and central government organisations.
“As of one the few Investors in People accredited councils since the reform of local government, this is independent recognition that we invest in our staff and have appropriate people management and development practices in place. We also host the all-council shared local government training service, which is an invaluable asset.” Councillor Carson thanked the Montenegro group for visiting Lisburn.
The delegation presented a memento to the Mayor, Councillor Tim Morrow to thank the Council for hosting them.
Council Rededicates Stained Glass Window on 40th Anniversary of La Mon Bombing
February 17, 2018
Survivors, families, representatives of the emergency services as well as civic and political leaders came together today (Saturday 17th February) at a 40th Anniversary Service at Lagan Valley Island in Lisburn, in memory of those who lost their lives in the La Mon Bombing.
On the Friday evening of the 17th February 1978, 12 people lost their lives when a bomb exploded at the La Mon House Hotel. Those who were murdered were: Mrs Sarah Cooper; Mr Gordon Crothers; Mrs Joan Crothers; Mrs Christine Lockhart; Mrs Elizabeth McCracken; Mr Ian McCracken; Mr Daniel Magill; Mrs Carol Mills; Mrs Sandra Morris; Mr Thomas Neeson; Mrs Dorothy Nelson and Mr Paul Nelson.
As part of the Anniversary Service, two stained glass windows were rededicated, having being moved from Bradford Court Council Offices, originally commissioned in 2000, to their new permanent home at Lagan Valley Island.
Speaking ahead of the ceremony, which was conducted by the Reverend Mark Brown from Granshaw Presbyterian Church, The Mayor, Councillor Tim Morrow said: “We come together today at this Service to remember the victims of the La Mon Bombing; those whose lives were so cruelly cut down and the sons and daughters; mothers and fathers and brothers and sisters who were left behind and whose lives were changed forever and we hope that today’s Service and Rededication Ceremony is a fitting tribute to all who have suffered so much over the past 40 years.
During the Anniversary Service, which took place in the Council Chamber, 12 lilies were placed in a wreath, by family members, to symbolise the 12 people who died in the bombing.
Dr Andrea Nelson, who lost both her parents in the atrocity, flew in from England to attend today’s service. She said: “Forty years ago many lives were shattered. Today we honoured and remembered, with the deepest of respect, those who lost their lives, the survivors, and their families.
“The devastation will last forever in our hearts but their lives will be forever remembered here at Lagan Valley Island.”
Specially restored Memorial Seating was also unveiled at the front of Lagan Valley during the proceedings and will permanently sit alongside ceremonial trees, previously planted by visiting Royalty, Statesmen, VIPs and Freemen of the City.
Thanking the families for working with the Council over the last number of months, Chairman of the Council’s Corporate Services Committee, Councillor Scott Carson said:
“Four decades on and for these families, the pain and suffering continues. Their personal tragedies will never be forgotten and the Stained Glass windows as well as the Memorial Seating, here on permanent display will be a lasting memorial, becoming part of the building’s history in the years to come, and on behalf of the Council I would like to thank all the families for joining us today for this milestone anniversary,” said Councillor Carson.
Council Consultation on New draft Dog Control Orders
February 14, 2018
The Council is currently consulting on three new Dog Control Orders proposed under current legislation. The Council strives to promote responsible dog ownership, not simply through enforcement, but also through educational and awareness raising activities, partnership working with community groups and more collaborative working across the council. The powers available under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act provide a useful tool to the ongoing work of the council in seeking to address all dog related issues across the City.
Local Schools Excel at Sports Hall Athletics Competition
February 13, 2018
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council was delighted to welcome over 200 energetic Primary 7 pupils from schools across the Council area, to compete at the Sports Hall Athletics competition, held at Lough Moss Leisure Centre, Carryduff and Lagan Valley LeisurePlex, Lisburn.
Organised by the Council’s Sports Development Unit, the two day event consisted of a series of different relays and field disciplines.
On Tuesday 6th February, boys and girls jumped into action at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex, with Moira Primary School coming out on top as overall school winners. The competition continued at Lough Moss Leisure Centre on Wednesday 7th February, with St Joseph’s Primary School, Carryduff, taking the winning spot.
Chairman of the Council’s Leisure and Community Development Committee, Alderman James Tinsley said: “This was a fantastic event to be involved in and I was particularly impressed with the level of enthusiasm, talent and competitiveness of the children involved.
“As always, the Council continues to provide activities and events that provide children with the opportunity to get active, express their competitive side and develop confidence in a fun environment.
“I would like to commend the Sports Development Unit as well as the Council’s Every Body Active 2020 team for organising such a great event, with the emphasis on getting children active very much at the forefront.”
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council will be sending a team from the P7 Sports Hall Athletics event to the Northern Ireland finals, which will be held on Wednesday 7th March 2018.
For further information on other school events, please contact Sports Development Officer, Faron Morrison on 028 9081 1969 or email email@example.com.
Chairman of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council's Leisure & Community Development Committee, Alderman James Tinsley is pictured at the recent Sports Hall Athletics competition held at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex with Overall School Winners, Moira Primary School.
Chairman of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council's Leisure & Community Development Committee, Alderman James Tinsley is pictured at the recent Sports Hall Athletics competition held at Lough Moss Leisure Centre with Overall School Winners, St Joseph’s Primary School, Carryduff.
Olympic Lifts elevated to new heights
February 9, 2018
Olympic Lifts is on the cusp of an exciting cross border expansion, it announced during the latest business engagement visit from Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Development Committee.
Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Tim Morrow said, “This visit to Olympic Lifts has revealed another hidden gem in Lisburn’s business landscape. With a workforce of 33 employees, this family owned business has gone from strength to strength since it was established, winning business from both the public and private sectors.”
Alderman Allan Ewart, MBE, Chair of the Development Committee at Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council said, “Visits to local businesses are an important and informative element of Committee activity. During this meeting it was useful to learn about how the stair lift product which Olympic Lifts manufactures can have a positive impact on quality of life and independence for so many people. It’s fantastic that a local company produces such an important piece of equipment.”
John Patterson, Managing Director of Olympic Lifts, expanded, “We’ve taken a cautious approach in our growth strategy, concentrating our efforts equally in terms of new sales and support services in both the public and private sectors. Business contracts we have recently won include the supply and maintenance of elevators for Applegreen, Costa Coffee, Remus Uomo and Eurospar franchises. In addition to this, we are the sole island of Ireland distributor for Stannah Stairlifts.
We also fit and supply home lifts and stairlifts for various Health Care Trusts along with a significant number of larger commercial elevators to schools and colleges for the N.I. Education Authority.”
“In 2017, we also began investigations into cross border expansion with the market in the Republic of Ireland demonstrating a need for our expertise. The senior team and I are still working out the most efficient operating model for such an expansion but we envisage this will lead to the creation of new engineering roles.”
Since the company was established in 1985, we’ve invested significantly in improving business quality systems, completing ISO 9001 in 1995 and going the extra mile by attaining accreditation for ISO 14001 & 18001 in 2017. We also invest significantly in our engineers, putting them through a rigorous training regime and supporting them to complete NVQs as part of their apprenticeships and further technical development.”
Olympic Lifts was established in 1985 on Great Northern Street, Belfast with warehousing on Boucher Road. In 1998 with growth in business, the company built bespoke premises and moved to Lissue Walk, outside Lisburn.
Lisburn Castlereagh Area Profiled at Holiday World
February 9, 2018
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council was pleased to take part in the 2018 Holiday World Show in Dublin showcasing what the Lisburn Castlereagh area has to offer.
Its exhibition stand, in partnership with Visit Belfast provided the Council with the opportunity to speak with tour operators and coach companies to identify why they should include Lisburn Castlereagh in their programmes.
Over 38,000 people made their way to the Show for bespoke expert travel advice, show-only deals and tips for the bargains of 2018.
Alderman Allan Ewart MBE, Chairman of the Council’s Development Committee, speaking about the Show said: “The Council was keen to attend this show as it was the ideal opportunity to meet over 1,000 travel professionals from across Ireland. There was an increased interest from last year in visiting Northern Ireland and, with many families continuing to want budget-conscious holidays the opportunity, to visit Lisburn and Castlereagh with its numerous activities, accredited accommodation, natural and historic attractions suits.”
The Council area offers many key attractions including the Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum, the Lagan Valley LeisurePlex, the ISLAND Arts Centre, Castle Gardens, Dundonald International Ice Bowl, Lagan Valley Regional Park and the charming villages of Hillsborough and Moira. There are a wide variety of activities available for everyone including cycling, horse riding, quad biking, fishing, walking and golf.
“Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council continues to invest in the promotion of tourism which contributes significantly to the local economy on an annual basis. The City hosts a number of high-profile regional and national events including Balmoral Show, the Lisburn Half Marathon, Moira Specialty Food Fair and the famous Ulster Grand Prix motorcycle races together with events at the Down Royal Racecourse and Drumbo Park Stadium. Events such as these showcase the area and generate visitor spend with accommodation providers, eateries and the wider economy,” added Alderman Ewart.
Further information on attractions, accommodation, events, leisure activities and shopping are available online at www.visitlisburncastlereagh.com
Council Strikes District Rate
February 9, 2018
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council has set its district rate for domestic and non-domestic properties for 2018-2019 at a Special Meeting of Council.
The rate increase has been set at 2.91% for domestic properties and 2.93% for non-domestic properties.
The Chairman of the Corporate Services Committee, Councillor Scott Carson, said: “To put this into context, assuming an inflationary 3% increase on the Regional Rate (set by central government), for an average household paying rates on a property valued at £125,000, this would represent an annual increase on their rates bill of £26.15 (2.96%). This equates to £2.18 extra per month.
“The Council aims to continually deliver and improve on its high quality service provision to reflect the needs of the community and its ratepayers.
“Sustainable growth and development across the Lisburn & Castlereagh area continues. This includes the Dundonald International Ice Bowl redevelopment and the new Public Realm scheme and Forest Park Renewal in Hillsborough village.
“Work will be progressed to enhance a number of the Council’s parks and open spaces, including Duncan’s Dam & Stockdam Glen, the Billy Neill Soccer Centre of Excellence and Hydebank Playing Fields. In line with a Council agreed programme of work, six play areas will undergo refurbishment in 2018-19.
“Waste Management initiatives for recycling continue in order to maximise recycling across the area through harmonising our kerbside services and through the Council’s Household Recycling Centres. The Council also delivers a wide range of community wellbeing services including sports provision, leisure facilities, community centres and a comprehensive arts programme.
“The long-term development of the area is important to the Council, for current and future generations and we are looking to this in our Community Planning work and ongoing
Council Wants to Hear About Its Residents Recycling
February 8, 2018
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council has opened an online survey to learn more about the recycling habits of its residents and their views on its current recycling services.
The survey is open from Monday 5th February to Friday 23rd February and can be completed online at https://haveyoursay.lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk
All the Lisburn Castlereagh residents who complete the survey will be entered into a random draw to win one of three prizes up for grabs: an all-new Oasis Kindle, an iPod shuffle or a £50 One4All Gift Card.
Alderman Tommy Jeffers, Chairman of the Council’s Environmental Services Committee, speaking about the survey, said: “The Council is keen to continue to work with its residents to increase recycling within the Lisburn Castlereagh area. We want to be able to divert a high percentage of recyclable material from landfill to meet legislation, protect the environment and keep our waste management costs down.
“Our residents have the capability to recycle a significant amount of household materials from their home using their recycling bins and kerbie boxes. The majority of our residents are very good at recycling the correct materials in the correct bin or box; and this survey will allow us to identify any material that may be causing contamination in bins.
“The responses to this short survey will also help the Council shape its future recycling communications and develop its recycling services. I would encourage all our residents to take part in this online survey as we want to identify materials frequently recycled from homes and discover how easy our residents find the Council’s recycling services and information.”
The Council hopes its residents take part in the online survey and wishes all those who complete the survey good luck in the random prize draw.
Young People Educated on Internet Safety
February 7, 2018
‘Internet Safety Day’ officially designated as Tuesday 6 February, was marked in schools across Lisburn & Castlereagh by the delivery of an interactive play to highlight the dangers of using the web inappropriately. The play, which was hosted by Lisburn & Castlereagh Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP), local police and Lisburn YMCA, was delivered on the 5, 6 and 7 February. Due to the widespread use of social media among our young people, the play is critical in highlighting the dangers associated with inappropriate use of the internet. It portrayed the dangers of making friends on line, grooming and sexting and the use of social media generally. It was shown to Years 8, 9 and 10 pupils from Dundonald High, Lagan College, St Patrick`s Academy, Laurel Hill College, Friends School and Lisnagarvey High. As a true indicator of how younger children are now making more use of the internet, a number of primary schools from across the council area also took up the invitation to view the play. The primary schools involved were Tor Bank School, Brooklands, St Joseph`s Lisburn, St Aloysius, Ballycarrickmaddy and St Joseph`s, Carryduff. A question and answer session followed each of the plays with representatives from the PSNI, YMCA and NSPCC offering their professional advice to the students.
Commenting on the success of the Internet Safety Play, Lisburn & Castlereagh PCSP Chairman, Councillor Aaron McIntyre said “I am encouraged that 12 schools from across the council area took up the opportunity for their pupils to attend this important play and for the professional advice on offer from the police, YMCA and NSPCC. There are genuine concerns to be addressed regarding online safety and protecting our young people. I hope that everyone who saw the play and was involved in the discussions have now an increased awareness of the importance of protecting their identities and knowing who they are talking to when online.”
Chief Inspector Lorraine Dobson, Lisburn & Castlereagh PSNI commented, “It is vitally important that all children and young people pause to give serious thought to what they are doing online. We all deserve to be able to use the internet to learn, explore and connect with each other. But all of us need to be aware of the risks involved in doing so, especially on social media. We are pleased that so many schools came together to look at this issue.”
Jenny Magee from Lisburn YMCA commented,” It is encouraging to see so many schools and pupils engaging with the vital issue of online safety. By using a live drama production alongside the discussion and advice of professionals allows us to engage pupils on the issue in a unique way and ensure the important messages are heard by everyone.”
Colin Reid, Policy and Public Affairs Manager from NSPCC said,” This play is a great way of helping young people keep safe online. The internet is an amazing place for young people to learn, create and build friendships so it`s vital their online world is a safe one. We all have a responsibility to ensure children are kept safe online so they can enjoy the positives without being exposed to risks including inappropriate content or online abuse.”
If you are interested in finding out more about internet safety you should make contact with either the PCSP on Tel 028 9250 9279/284/374 or firstname.lastname@example.org, PSNI on Tel 101 or the NSPCC website or Childline 24 hours a day seven days a week on Tel 0800 1111 or at www.childline.org.uk
Ireland’s first indoor KTM electric motocross park to open in Northern Ireland in 2018
February 6, 2018
Planning permission has been granted for a purpose-built indoor electric motocross park, using pioneering KTM Freeride E bikes to bring the off-road experience indoors. Located close to Moira (junction 9 of the M1), E-Trax will be the first facility of its kind in Ireland, using e-bikes that have no gears or clutch, nor do they produce any noise or air pollution.
The 35,000 square foot centre, due to be built by June 2018, will include raised viewing gallery, coffee bar & restaurant as well as two core tracks. The first for children as young as five, where they can come and try out the sport in a safe and controlled environment; the second will be a super-cross style, fast flowing track with banked corners, rhythm sections and table top jumps. This track has also be designed to be the first in the UK to offer MX Duals - where two riders compete against the clock and each other on identical tracks in the opposite direction.
The motocross park will be Ireland’s first certified KTM e-park. E-Trax is thrilled to have the backing of this well-known global brand.
Matt Walker, KTM, UK Managing Director;“I’m very pleased to welcome E-Trax as a KTM Experience Partner, and we wish the venture every success. Offering the opportunity to ride the KTM Freeride E in this professionally run environment is a great way to showcase the wide range of skills of the machine and to have a great experience with the KTM brand. Both new and more experienced riders will be able enjoy the KTM Freeride E’s abilities throughout the year, and given Northern Ireland’s passion for motorcycling, we expect that E-Trax will thrive in the community.”
The Governing Body of Off Road Motorcycle Sport in Northern Ireland (the MRA) share their enthusiasm for the new centre; “We are very excited to see this new development which will mean year round, covered facilities for both novice and expert riders alike. The equipment E-Trax will be using is world class and we see this facility as a great first step into the exciting and dynamic world of off-road motorcycling, with the added advantage of minimal environmental impact as well.
Gareth and the team at E-Trax came to the MRA for advice and guidance on our coaching requirements and they have met all our requirements. As the author of the MRA Coaching Strategy developed in conjunction with SportNI, and supporter of coaching in sport generally, I am delighted to see this new facility opening in Northern Ireland.” Malcolm Beattie, MRA Press Officer, MRA SportNI Liaison Officer, MRA Director.
Company Directors Gareth George and Kyle Rainey commented; “We would like to thank Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council for dealing with our planning application so quickly and efficiently.
“We are excited to bring this unique all-weather indoor facility to Northern Ireland. It will give everyone the opportunity to experience riding an off-road motorcycle in a fun, informal, yet controlled manner.
“With Northern Ireland’s world class track at Desertmartin, and international road races like the Ulster Grand Prix and North West 200, there has always been a massive following of motorcycle sport here. Yet with limited facilities and the unpredictable weather it can be hard to find somewhere to ride. We have no intention of trying to replace great outdoor practice tracks such as Magilligan or Mid Ulster - places that we use ourselves - but to create somewhere that people can come to try it out, or practice their skills all year round using the latest in electric motorcycle technology.”
Welcoming the new facility to Lisburn and Castlereagh, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure and Community Development Committee, Alderman James Tinsley said: “On behalf of the Council, I am extremely delighted to welcome another first class sporting attraction to the Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council area.
“I envisage that the new E-Trax venture will provide significant investment to the area, as well as complement the superb sport and leisure facilities available across Lisburn and Castlereagh. It is also a fitting addition to the popularity of motorsport in the vicinity, especially as part of the Council area is home to the world’s fastest road race, the Ulster Grand Prix, which we are extremely proud to be part of.
“I would like to take this opportunity to wish Gareth and Kyle every success and I look forward to the official launch later this year and seeing many children enjoy their first off-road motorcycle experience.”
Catering for kids parties, corporate events, team building, club meetings, and stag/hen parties, as well as experienced motocross riders who are looking for additional ride time, the centre is aiming to become a destination hub for all things motocross.
Council marks Centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918
February 6, 2018
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council leads the way as the first Northern Ireland Council to form a ‘Ladies Group’ marking the Centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918.
On this day, 6th February, 100 years ago the UK Parliament passed a law allowing the first women (over 30) and all men (over 21) to vote for the first time.
Celebrating this milestone a newly formed Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council ‘Ladies Group’, comprising the female Elected Members for the Council area and the Chief Executive, Dr. Theresa Donaldson, has been launched today with an exciting programme of activities planned for 2018.
The Deputy Mayor, Councillor Hazel Legge, is leading the group and is proud to announce the Council’s involvement: “Voting in today’s society can be taken for granted but reflecting on the changes that took place a Century ago we must appreciate the challenge that women faced then to get this basic right. The aim of our ‘Ladies Group’ is to celebrate this landmark but also educate young people on its significance to where we are today.
“It is also 100 years since the Parliament (Qualification of Women) Act 1918 was introduced, allowing women to come MPs. It was truly a momentous year not only for women but for democracy in general. With eight female Elected Members on our Council and a female Chief Executive we are keen to explore the role of women in political and public life and the valued contribution we make.
“Throughout 2018 we will be engaging with local stakeholders such as NILGA, local government associations, community groups, schools and key influencers to honour the women who fought hard for the rights we have today. I feel very fortunate to be in a position where we can highlight all the good work that has been done and hope to inspire good work to be carried out in the future”, she concluded.
Speaking at the launch Chief Executive of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Dr. Theresa Donaldson, said: “I would like as many people as possible to get involved in our programme of activities. We will be working across central and local government to deliver events and initiatives that will encourage young women into becoming strong leaders both in political and public life. There are so many inspirational women in our area who are a great example to everyone and we will work right across the community in driving positive messages of equality and power.”
The programme of activities for Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council will commence with a celebratory event on the 7th March. Details of the event will be announced shortly.
To keep up-to-date with other events taking place across the UK to celebrate the Centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918 visit: https://www.parliament.uk/get-involved/vote-100/
Wallace Park Duck Pond refurbishment
February 6, 2018
Alderman James Tinsley, Chair of the Leisure & Community Development Committee at Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council met with Biodiversity Officer, Tracey Connolly and Stephen Mackle, Grounds Maintenance Officer to discuss the recent refurbishment of the duck pond in Wallace Park, Lisburn.
The pond, which is home to a number of black headed gulls and mallards, was dredged and cleaned by the Council’s ground maintenance team in January 2018. A number of new duck houses have been installed and vegetation replaced on the island in the centre of the pond to provide shelter for the birds when they migrate to the area for winter.
A full clear out of the pond takes place every 3-5 years with regular inspections and drain clearing happening as required in the interim. In addition to the pond refurbishment, trees at Council properties which were badly damaged in recent storms or subsequently removed are being replaced as part of an ongoing programme to ensure the health of the tree stock across the Council.
Coca-Cola HBC Lisburn Half Marathon raises funds for Mayor’s Charities
February 6, 2018
The Chairman of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Leisure and Community Development Committee, Alderman James Tinsley was delighted to receive a cheque for £6,500, through sponsorship raised from the 2017 Lisburn Coca-Cola HBC Half Marathon, 10K Road Race and Fun Run, in aid of the Mayor’s Charities, Habitat for Humanity NI and The Corrymeela Community.
Habitat for Humanity NI brings people together to build homes, communities and hope and The Corrymeela Community is Northern Ireland’s oldest peace and reconciliation organisation.
Presenting the cheque, Alderman James Tinsley said: “It gives me great pleasure to present this cheque to the Mayor, Councillor Tim Morrow, for his charities, Habitat for Humanity NI and The Corrymeela Community.
“Every year, a donation of £1 from each entry fee from the event goes to the official Mayor’s Charity. The amount raised this year is absolutely tremendous and I would like to send my sincere thanks and gratitude to everyone who supported the event and contributed to the final amount raised.
“I am pleased that the Council, through this annual event, can play its part to help provide much needed funds towards two inspiring and deserving charities.”
The Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Tim Morrow was thrilled with the amount raised. He said: “I am pleased to accept this substantial amount of money which will no doubt go a long way to making a difference to both, Habitat for Humanity NI and The Corrymeela Community.
“Both charities hold a special place in my heart, having been involved with Habitat for Humanity when it was first established in Northern Ireland and with my family’s longstanding relationship with The Corrymeela Community, it is particularly satisfying to accept this cheque knowing that it will make such a huge difference to all involved.
“I would like to reiterate Alderman Tinsley’s word of thanks to everyone who participated in either the Half Marathon, 10K Road Race or Fun Run. This contribution is simply invaluable.”
If you are interested in helping or contributing to the Mayor’s Charities, please contact the Mayor’s Secretary on T: 02892 509331 or email mayor’email@example.com.
Latest local business to become a Love Lisburn partner
February 2, 2018
In support of the Love Lisburn campaign, Translink is offering passengers one third off Ulsterbus and Goldline day return travel after 9.30am every day until further notice.
‘Love Lisburn’ was developed in 2017 by Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council to promote economic growth in the area. Several local retailers and hospitality outlets have recently signed up to the campaign offering special discounts to card holders.
Alderman Allan Ewart, MBE, Chair of the Development Committee at Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council, said, “We are delighted with the interest shown by local businesses in support of the Love Lisburn campaign and we’d encourage others to talk to us about becoming a partner.
Aside from the feelgood factor for new and existing customers who are getting something extra for their money, several partners have already indicated an increase in business as a direct result of participating in the Love Lisburn campaign.”
Emma Isaac, Service Delivery Manager at Translink said, “We are pleased to be supporting the Love Lisburn initiative and would encourage customers to take advantage of our third-off bus travel offer. Travelling by public transport offers customers relaxing great value journeys and is a convenient way to reach local shops, cafes, restaurants and other attractions around the City.”
The Love Lisburn card is available free of charge from businesses in the city centre and the City Centre Management office 11-13 Market Square. Participating outlets will display Love Lisburn branding in their premises and offers will be redeemed by each outlet individually.
A full list of participating retailers is available at https://www.visitlisburncastlereagh.com/love-lisburn/
To become a Love Lisburn partner contact Drew Bustard on 028 9244 7544 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Netherlands - Gateway to Growth for Northern Ireland
February 1, 2018
Representatives of 80 companies gathered in Crumlin Road Gaol for the 12th annual NI-NL Trade Dinner. The dinner is organised by the Northern Ireland - Netherlands Trade and Export Society, (www.ni-nl.org) a not for profit foundation, which was established in 2006.
The annual event, the highlight of the NI-NL calendar, was attended by local exporters and their Dutch partners and customers, representatives of The British Embassy The Hague and the Netherlands Embassy London, to celebrate the strong and ever growing trade relations the province has with the Netherlands.
This occasion was an opportunity to recognize the contributions made by Invest Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland Trade Consultants and Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council in developing Northern Ireland’s longstanding trading relationship with the Netherlands.
Alderman Allan Ewart MBE, Chairman of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Development Committee, welcoming the companies, said: “The high attendance of Dutch and Northern Ireland businesses is evidence of the success of partnerships that have been formed through NI-NL. Over the years’ this network has supported and enabled opportunities in trade, enterprise and investment for businesses across a variety of sectors.
“The business credentials of Northern Ireland are supported by a strong and resilient infrastructure; and within the Lisburn Castlereagh area over 4,000 businesses avail of our area’s property infrastructure and excellent transportation links. It is great to see so many Lisburn Castlereagh businesses here tonight who have benefited from the NI-NL network. I wish all businesses involved in the NI-NL every continued success in the future.”
Steve Murnaghan, Managing Consultant of Northern Ireland Trade Consultants, based in Amsterdam, emphasized that the Netherlands is a Gateway to Growth for Northern Ireland, a theme carried in the 15th NI-NL BIZ magazine which was published the same day.
The Founder of NI-NL highlighted some key facts about the Dutch economy which make it especially relevant to NI exporters. The Netherlands is the 5th most prosperous country globally, the 6th largest EU economy and Northern Ireland’s number 1 European export market (by capita). Coupled with the Dutch mindset, their entrepreneurial spirit and the fact that the economy is experiencing a boom the time is right to engage with the Netherlands.
Murnaghan also revealed to the audience that he has now lived more of his life in the Netherlands than in Northern Ireland, and sees the strategic importance of the Netherlands to Northern Ireland businesses on a daily basis.
Steve Harper, Invest NI’s Executive Director of International Business, added: “Growing exports is part of our strategic focus to transform Northern Ireland into a vibrant private sector led economy and the local companies trading in the Netherlands are among many helping us to achieve this. Partnership initiatives such as the Northern Ireland - Netherlands Trade and Export Society offer extensive networking opportunities and help to promote friendships and trade contacts which are so valuable to business growth.”
Following the Founder speeches 4 Dutch companies and 4 Northern Ireland companies took to the podium to give their experiences of Doing Business with their counterparts.
The recurring themes from this spontaneous ‘Free Mic’ session was that Dutch companies appreciated the ‘can do’ mentality of Northern Ireland SME’s who in turn appreciated the opportunity to grow their businesses by developing mutually beneficial partnerships into Europe through The Netherlands.
Council and Community Gather for Holocaust Memorial Day
February 1, 2018
The local community came together last week to reflect and remember the Holocaust and its survivors at a Holocaust Memorial Day event, held at the Irish Linen Centre, as remembrance events took place around the world.
The theme this year was ‘The Power of Words’, chosen to explore words written during the Holocaust 73 years ago; and subsequent genocides such as in Cambodia and Rwanda.
Mr Billy Dixon, a motivational speaker, spoke about the power of words, and of words used during the Holocaust by the Nazis, the Jews, and survivors. He also articulated how the written word has helped people to understand the Holocaust through the use of language.
In terms of today's society, Billy focused on how words create emotional responses, evoke emotional reactions and he also spoke about the difference between free speech and censorship.
Katy Radford MBE, Project Manager and Senior Researcher from the Institute of Conflict Research attended the Irish Linen Centre hosted event, and spoke about the importance of communities working together in order to understand each other’s traditions and make meaningful connections and friendships.
The Mayor, Councillor Tim Morrow, said: “I found the event very moving, as did we all. We must never forget the suffering of the Holocaust. The bravery of those who survived and told their stories about their suffering, cruelties inflicted and the endurance of mind and body must never be forgotten. The terrible events that took place in Eastern Europe before and during the Second World War and the legacy survivors have given us in word and voice must always be remembered.”
Alderman James Tinsley, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee said: “In line with the solemnity of Holocaust Memorial Day statements of commitment were read aloud by guests at the event. These confirmed the need to ensure everyone understands the magnitude of the enormous loss of life from the Holocaust, and how the lives of those who survived were ultimately changed forever.
"The commitments called for everyone to be caring, to be strong, and to never remain silent when the lives of others are at stake or their dignity affected," he said.
Guests then lit candles to allow for time for reflection through thought and prayer for the millions of men, women and children who were victims of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides.
Love Lisburn Love Valentine’s
January 31, 2018
Excitement is brewing within Lisburn City Centre for the launch of our Love Lisburn this Valentine’s Day competition. Come to Lisburn City Centre and find the Giant Heart hiding at different locations this Valentine’s season from 1st to the 15th February.
Take a selfie of you and someone special with the heart, post it on the Lisburn City Centre Facebook page tagging #LoveLisburnLoveValentines. Then simply like and share our competition post to enter. The competition runs from the 1st to the 15th of February 2018.
Chair of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Development Committee Alderman Allan Ewart MBE was in the City Centre to encourage visitors to take part in the competition, “Come to Lisburn City Centre this Valentine’s season and take a selfie with the giant heart. Next time you’re visiting Lisburn City Centre to go shopping, eating out or meeting up why not look out for the heart and bring your friends and family to take a selfie and enter the competition. There is a great prize to be won.”
A winning selfie will be selected at random on Thursday 15th February with the winner receiving a fabulous prize package including a voucher to spend at Square Bistro Restaurant in Lisburn Square, tickets of your choice for a show in the Island Hall, Lagan Valley Island and a luxury overnight glamping experience at Larchfield Estate.
Clip and Climb Launch New Augmented Climbing Wall
January 31, 2018
The Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Tim Morrow along with the Chairman of the Council’s Leisure and Community Development Committee, Alderman James Tinsley attended the launch of Clip n Climb’s new augmented climbing wall at Dundonald International Ice Bowl.
Suspended Custodial Sentence and 10 Year Ban for Animal Owner
January 31, 2018
On 19th January 2018 at Craigavon County Court, Elizabeth McMaster of Edinburgh Street, Belfast was sentenced (following appeal) to a 3 month custodial sentence, suspended for 3 years together with being disqualified from keeping any animals for a period of 10 years. Costs of £45,766.76 were awarded to Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council.
Proceedings were issued on behalf of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council for:
Causing unnecessary suffering to one dog contrary to Section 4(1) of the Welfare of Animals Act (NI) 2011
for failing to take reasonable steps to ensure the welfare needs of 13 dogs that were seized from land at Tullyard Road, Drumbo and premises at Edinburgh Street, Belfast were met contrary to Section 9(1); and
for breach of a previous disqualification order contrary to Section 33(9).
Ms McMaster was originally convicted and sentenced at Lisburn Magistrates’ Court on 24th August 2017 on the same charges, where an Appeal to the sentence was lodged.
Legal proceedings were instigated following a complaint received on 5th January 2017 by the Animal Welfare Service concerning dogs being kept on land at Tullyard Road, Drumbo, Lisburn. On arrival, 11 dogs were found in cages with no shelter, food or water. One of the dogs was suffering from a severe skin condition. The 11 dogs were seized on the recommendation of the veterinary surgeon and placed into the care of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council.
On the same day Animal Welfare officers entered a house belonging to Ms McMaster on Edinburgh Street, Belfast. Two dogs were found on the premises despite Ms McMaster being subject to a disqualification order preventing her from keeping animals at this address. The 2 dogs were seized and placed in the care of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council.
Alderman Tommy Jeffers, Chairman of the Council’s Environmental Services Committee, said:
“The Council gives high priority to the welfare of domestic pets and horses and we operate a rigorous enforcement policy, as this case demonstrates, in order to ensure our full compliance of regulatory requirements.
“Complaints are investigated thoroughly and where necessary offenders are prosecuted. These animals were kept in a deplorable environment without protection from pain, suffering, injury or disease. I commend the work of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council Animal Welfare Service who brought this case to court and in doing so have relieved that suffering of these animals.
I would urge the public to be vigilant and report any suspected cases of mistreatment or cruelty to domestic animals and equines to our Animal Welfare team on 028 9244 7861. Complaints are investigated thoroughly and where necessary formal action is taken, which may include the service of Improvement Notices or, in extreme cases, the seizure of animals. The Council may also prosecute for offences, as in this particularly harrowing case, which I hope serves as a warning to anyone who does not take appropriate care of animals.”
Inspiration and Top Tips from the Female Enterprise Boot Camp
January 30, 2018
The keynote speaker at the very successful Female Enterprise Boot Camp in Lisburn was Nuala Anne McKeever. This was the second boot camp organised by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council in partnership with Women in Business.
Nuala offered plenty of encouragement and guidance to the fledgling female entrepreneurs through sharing her expertise on building resilience and using coping mechanisms to deal with day to day stress.
Also present to discuss the range of support for women thinking of starting their own businesses were representatives from Lisburn Enterprise Organisation and the Council’s Business Solutions Team.
Deputy Mayor, Councillor Hazel Legge, welcomed over 60 women to the event. She said: “I am delighted to be part of the second Female Boot Camp which has been designed to encourage, support and drive the ambition of local female entrepreneurs by providing an opportunity for them to meet like-minded people, make new contacts, access support and hear inspirational business stories. Today you can say you have taken your first steps towards running your own business and I wish you all every success in the future.”
Dr Theresa Donaldson, Chief Executive of the Council, speaking at the start of the event, said: “There are many words that can be used to describe an entrepreneur such as creative, confident and dynamic. Traits like these are very important and will assist you as you grow your business. If I was to give you any advice it would be to have a strong vision of where you want to go and ensure you work with others to achieve success as there will be forces acting against you. I wish all our local female entrepreneurs every success as they go on their journey, embrace change, address challenges and develop strong resilience.”
The other speakers included local entrepreneurs Alice McIlhagger from award winning Brambleberry Jams; Alison Matthews from Virtuali; and Rosemary Morrison from Directus.
Alderman Allan Ewart MBE, Chairman of the Council’s Development Committee, speaking at the event, said: “The Lisburn Castlereagh area really is a great place to start a business. The Council’s Business Solutions Team works to support ambitious business men and women grow scalable businesses through designing and funding a comprehensive range of business support programmes as well as working with various partners to improve access to other support.
“We have two active networks that meet regularly - the Entrepreneurs’ Network and the Female Entrepreneurs’ network; they build mutually beneficial relationships and I have witnessed first-hand how hearing about other people’s success stories encourages more people to take ambitious leaps for their businesses,” concluded Alderman Ewart.
The Mayor, Councillor Tim Morrow, closing the event commented: “I can sense a real buzz in the room and I hope that you are leaving today feeling inspired and empowered to succeed in your own business or to take that first step to starting your own business. It’s now up to you – to seek out the opportunities and do all you can to avail of the support available – from the Council, Women in Business and other partners.”
To find out more about the extensive range of business development support which can be accessed through the Council, please contact Gina Biggerstaff on 028 9244 7381 or email: email@example.com
Time is running out to enter the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Business Awards
January 29, 2018
Local businesses and entrepreneurs are being urged to get their entries in for the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Business Awards in association with Plastec, before the deadline of 5.00pm on Monday, February 12th.
There are 16 categories this year, including Best New Business, Best Family Business and the Young Entrepreneur Award, and full details on each can be found online at www.lcccbusinessawards.co.uk, along with entry forms.
Alderman Allan Ewart MBE, Chair of the Development Committee at Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council said: “We’re very excited about this year’s awards. We’ve already received entries across a range of business sectors but we would like to assure local businesses that there’s still time to get involved.
“I would urge as many local companies and individuals as possible to get their submission in before the closing date of 12th February and help us celebrate the very best that there is to offer across the wider Lisburn and Castlereagh area.
“Entering awards are important to a business as they not only allow them to benchmark their success, but also provide a morale boost for employees and can be used as a superb marketing and PR tool.
“That’s why our Business Awards is one of the highlights on our calendar this year, and we’re looking forward to bringing the local business community together to celebrate all of the great work that is going on around us.”
The winners will be announced at a glittering black-tie gala awards ceremony at the La Mon Hotel & Country Club on Friday 23rd March, hosted by Q Radio’s Stephen Clements and Cate Conway.
The deadline for entries is 5.00pm on Monday 12th February.
The full list of award categories is as follows:
Lisburn and Castlereagh Business Person of the Year Award (sponsored by GMcG Chartered Accountants)
Rising Star - Young Entrepreneur Award (sponsored by SERC)
Best Tourism Amenity (sponsored by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council)
Excellence in Customer Service (Non-Retail) Award (sponsored by Power NI)
Excellence in Customer Service (Retail) Award (sponsored by Retail NI)
Best Marketing Campaign Award (sponsored by Inspire Business Centre)
Best New Business Award (sponsored by Lisburn Enterprise Organisation)
Excellence in Manufacturing Award (sponsored by Montupet UK)
Best Exporting Business Award (sponsored by OCO Global)
Business Growth Award (sponsored by Bank of Ireland)
Best Social Enterprise Business Award (sponsored by Social Enterprise NI)
Best Licensed Eating Establishment
Best Non-Licensed Eating Establishment (sponsored by Draynes Farm)
Innovation Award (sponsored by Plastec)
Investment in Health Award (sponsored by Public Health Agency)
Best Family Business Award (sponsored by The Irish News)
Changing Lives through Social Enterprise
January 29, 2018
Supporting social enterprises, which have at their core a social or environmental ethos, is one of the Council’s aims through its Social Enterprise Programme. The Council recently visited Alchemy, a past participant of the Programme, to learn how the business, Alchemy Fitness Therapies was reaching out to the local community to make lives better.
Recent reports suggest that social enterprise businesses are thriving across the UK, with an estimated 70,000 businesses contributing £24 billion to the economy.
Paul Oldham, Head Coach at Alchemy Fitness Therapies, was aware that many people find the typical gym environment alienating, and often do not have the confidence to venture to a gym, as they fear it would not be an environment they would feel comfortable in.
Paul said: “One of the reasons we set up Alchemy Fitness Therapies was to offer a gym that felt accessible to everyone, to provide an environment that people would feel comfortable in. We have just recently helped a young man who tried to avoid leaving home as much as possible and did not enjoy exercise of any kind. His mother grew increasingly concerned about his weight gain, and lack of confidence and desire to engage with the outside world, but through opening up a conversation with Ross about his anxieties, and his barriers to physical exercise, we were able to work through a tailored programme of support and activity for him.
“It has been increasingly documented that Northern Ireland has higher levels of mental ill health than any other region in the UK, so one of Alchemy’s aims is to offer personalised training programmes to people from the local community, and to those struggling with mental health problems. We have also completed Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Social Enterprise Programme, which has benefitted us considerably, and has provided us with the support and guidance that we needed to complete our all-important business plan, and financial forecasting.”
Ross Anderson, client & member of Alchemy Fitness Therapies, commented: “As a person with 8 years of agoraphobia, extreme anxiety, medical phobia and being excessively overweight I never thought I’d be regularly attending a gym. From my first meeting with Paul I knew Alchemy Fitness Therapies was exactly what I needed. The Team there are amazing, and I’ve never met anyone as knowledgeable and passionate about what they do as Paul & the team. From the first few weeks of doing just a few minutes of breathing exercises and basic stretching, to now doing hour long workout sessions, it has not just started rebuilding my fitness and mental health, but my whole life.”
Alderman Allan Ewart MBE, Chairman of the Council’s Development Committee, added: “The Council’s Social Enterprise Support Programme is a successful innovative programme, which aims to stimulate new social enterprise and cooperative start-ups across the Council area. It also supports existing social enterprises and cooperatives to grow their venture through tailored one to one support.
“Social enterprises and the social economy sector are being increasingly acknowledged as a core economic driver by playing a key role in revitalising our economy and generating employment. Alchemy Fitness Therapies is an excellent local example as it puts local people first and offers support to increase their confidence in a relaxed environment. Social enterprises deliver much needed services, promote inclusion, change lives and provide employment. We are very proud of the social enterprises we have operating in the Lisburn Castlereagh area.”
For more information on the Council’s Social Enterprise Programme please contact Patricia Mallon on 028 9250 9383 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Council Calls for Applications to Rural Business Investment Scheme
January 29, 2018
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is calling on all new and existing businesses within rural Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council and rural Belfast City Council to consider applying to the next round of The Rural Business Investment Scheme.
The grant scheme, delivered by Lagan Rural Partnership Local Action Group, provides investment support for the creation and development of micro and small enterprises (including farm diversification and private tourism businesses) in rural areas. Funding is available up to £30,000 for new rural business start- ups and up to £50,000 for the expansion of existing rural businesses.
Andrew and Ivan Keys from Keys Brothers Horticulture Ltd were successful grant recipients from the last call for applications held in Spring 2017. Their business received grant for the purchase of specialist equipment that allowed them to expand their capabilities to service, repair and modify horticultural machinery particularly used within the golf industry.
Alderman Allan Ewart MBE, Chairman of the Council’s Development Committee reiterated the Council’s call for applications during a recent visit to Keys Brothers where he congratulated Andrew and Ivan on their grant award and commended their ambition to develop other products for the golf industry and thus improve their export capabilities.
Alderman Ewart said: “I am delighted to visit Keys Brothers today and I take great encouragement that the funding received through the Rural Business Investment Scheme has the potential to create up 2 additional jobs within the company”
Alderman Ewart continued: “This demonstrates what the grant funding can do for businesses and how it can assist with their growth plans. The benefits are clear and I am urging rural businesses based in Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council and rural Belfast City Council to consider applying to the next round of the Rural Business Investment Scheme and, if successful, reap the rewards.”
Lagan Rural Partnership is a body consisting of local elected representatives and social partners from the rural business and community sector within the area of benefit.
Nessa O’Callaghan, Vice-Chair of Lagan Rural Partnership, also encouraged rural businesses to consider application stating: “We were delighted that up to £1.2 million of grant funds were committed under our first two calls for applications. I would strongly advise that any rural businesses wishing to avail of this great opportunity should apply under this second call there is a real possibility that this could be our final call under the current programme.”
Mrs O’Callaghan continued: “To date the Rural Business Investment Scheme has been a real catalyst in our aim to invest in rural business creation and expansion and most significantly the creation of new jobs in our Council area. In order to be eligible for grant consideration potential applicants must attend one of the mandatory workshops. Please come along to find out more about the scheme and how it can work for your business.”
The remaining mandatory Public information sessions for the Rural Business Investment Scheme are as follows:-
Wednesday 7 February 2018
Location: Meeting Room 1, Cregagh Youth & Community Centre, Belfast
Time: 1.30pm – 3.30pm
Thursday 8 February 2018
Location: St. Clare’s Community Hall, Glenavy
Time: 7.00pm – 9.00pm
Tuesday 13 February 2018
Location: Chestnut Suite, Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Civic Headquarters, Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn
Time: 7.00pm – 9.00pm
To reserve a place at one of the workshops above and receive an application pack, please contact Jennifer Carberry by email: email@example.com or Tel: 028 9250 9489.
Statement on Lisburn New Cemetery Extension
January 28, 2018
Council correspondence was recently issued to a number of grave owners at Lisburn New Cemetery Extension adhering to requirements of it being a lawn cemetery.
We recognise sensitivities involved in this matter, and, following representations to us, we can confirm that no further action will be taken until the situation has been fully reviewed.
The Council will be directly contacting affected grave owners involved, in the coming days, to confirm this position.
Lisburn Castlereagh Youth Council
January 26, 2018
The newly formed Lisburn Castlereagh Youth Council (LCYC) has marked its official launch at Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn at an event attended by young people, Elected Members, representatives from the local community and partner organisations.
The twenty four Youth Council members aged 16 - 21 year olds selected to serve on LCYC put themselves forward to represent the views of young people in the council area after plans for a youth council were announced in 2017 with the aim of further improving how young people can have a say on the decisions that matter to them.
Managed through a partnership involving the Education Authority (EA) Youth Service, Police Service Northern Ireland, Lisburn and Castlereagh Community Planning Partnership and Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council (Community Development, PCSP, PEACE IV and Good Relations), the Youth Council will provide young people with the opportunity to become involved and engage in local areas of interest.
Speaking at LCYC launch event Ryan McConville, spokesperson for LCYC said, “I am so excited to speak on behalf of the Lisburn Castlereagh Youth Council. I joined the Youth Council for a similar reason to many other people involved; I wanted to be a voice for my peers and get involved in areas that I'm interested in. I'm looking forward to getting to know fellow Youth Council members now that it is in place and am optimistic about the road ahead.”
Mayor of LCCC, Cllr Tim Morrow said; “This launch brings to fruition of months of work by a large group of partner organisations with the same objective-to support and enable the voices of young people in our area to be heard and to influence democratic decision making.
“The other members and I look forward very much to hearing from the Lisburn Castlereagh Youth Council in the months ahead and working with them on the areas that are of interest to them and their peers.”
Alderman William Leathem, Chair of the Strategic Community Partnership said, “This is a brand new group of people who will bring forward ideas, suggestions and questions about many things. I'm delighted to see the Youth Council established now and look forward to hearing about its progress."
Stephen Dallas, EA Deputy Head of Youth commented at the launch of the LCYC;
“We are delighted to have assisted in establishing the Youth Council in the Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council area and recognise its importance in giving young people a voice in the local community.
"Youth Council Members will meet on a regular basis and will be involved in engaging and influencing on a range of areas during their term in office. Importantly they will have the opportunity to undertake accredited training to grow and develop skills and confidence in bringing forward young people’s views and opinions in the area.
"The Youth Council presents young people with a great opportunity to work in partnership to positively influence local decision making whilst developing in a personal capacity and I wish all Youth Council members the best of luck for their forthcoming term in office.”
Young people aged 16 – 21 from across the council area were invited to apply for LCYC in October 2017 and the application campaign was widely promoted amongst schools, youth and church groups, voluntary organisations and other education stakeholders.
Shortlisted candidates were invited to interview and twenty four candidates were selected for LCYC to serve for a two year term of office.
Local Community Groups Can Find Out About Council's Community Festivals Fund at Workshops
January 26, 2018
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council has launched its £57,000 Community Festivals Fund, jointly funded by the Council and the Department for Communities (DfC), giving local constituted groups the opportunity to apply for funding for locally based festivals.
The Council is hosting two public information workshops to provide applicant organisations with information relating to the completion of applications to the Community Festivals Fund. Dates are Tuesday 30th January in the ISLAND Arts Centre at 6.00pm and on Wednesday 31st January in Bradford Court at 6.00pm. To register for this workshop please contact Lynda McCord, Arts Administration Assistant on T: 028 9250 9503. Please note registration is essential for these public information workshops.
Last year the Fund supported a range of festivals across the Lisburn Castlereagh area, including sports, heritage and arts programmes as well as children and family activities.
Alderman James Tinsley, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee, strongly encourages groups across the Council area to apply for a Community Festival Grant.
“The Community Festivals Fund gives our local groups the opportunity to access funds to organise and celebrate festivals in their own communities. With £57,000 available for our local community groups to access this is an ideal way for local communities to work together to create something very special for everyone,” said Alderman Tinsley.
Tracy Crothers from Maghaberry Community Association was pleased to help launch the 2018-2019 Community Festivals Fund with Alderman Tinsley.
The Council is piloting a new online grant management system and all applications for this fund should be submitted through this system. To complete your application log on to www.lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk/communityservices
The closing date for the receipt of completed applications is 16th February at 4.00pm. Late applications will not be accepted.
All grants are subject to the availability of funding from the DfC.
Business Engagement Visit to Creative Composites
January 25, 2018
Lisburn based Creative Composites, has welcomed the start of 2018 by increasing production capacity and building on its reputation as the UK’s most advanced composite manufacturer. It recently welcomed the Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Tim Morrow and the Chairman of the Council’s Development Committee, Alderman Allan Ewart MBE to view its premises as part of a series of business engagement visits.
Located in Knockmore Hill Industrial Estate, Creative Composites, which produces body parts for some of the world’s best known high performance sports cars moved to its current site in 2005 with expansion in 2012 and again in 2016.
The company was founded over 40 years ago and was part of the Boxmore Group. Creative Composites now employs a workforce of 350, including machine operatives and engineers. Even more impressive is Creative Composites’ list of clients which includes among others, Lotus, for whom they build the majority of parts for their Exige and Elise models.
The moulding presses generate up to 3,000 tonnes of pressure and are capable of producing parts up to 3 metres by 2 metres in size within short cycle times. The parts are then trimmed, cleaned, treated and finished by on site personnel, before being packed and sent to the relevant customer for assembly.
The Mayor, Councillor Tim Morrow Mayor said, “Creative Composites is one of Lisburn Castlereagh’s best kept secrets. I’ve been so impressed by the capabilities exhibited during our visit and proud that parts of some of the world’s most beautiful cars are produced here.
I’d like to thank the team for accommodating us and helping us gather valuable information about industry in our area.”
Chair of the Council’s Development Committee Alderman Allen Ewart MBE commented, “This company is a real success story. During our visit I was struck by the scale of the facility and the skills involved in taking each piece through the stages of production.”
Jonathan Holmes, Managing Director at Creative Composites said, “Growth continues on an upwards trajectory and in 2017, as well as acquiring new machinery, we employed additional staff to meet the demands of customers and service new contracts.
The relationships we develop are long term and our customers demand and get the highest quality service. The new equipment and our skilled workforce will help us to continue to do this.”
Business Games Challenge Returns for Lisburn Castlereagh Businesses
January 24, 2018
The three stage Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council ‘Business Games Challenge’ is now open for team entries from businesses across the Lisburn Castlereagh area.
It will take place between 7th February and 14th March at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex between 6.00pm and 9.00pm. The game stages are: Dodgeball on Tuesday 7th February, Wheelchair Basketball on Thursday 22nd February and Olympic Handball on the 14th March. These games are open to everyone and are suitable for all fitness levels.
This is the second year of ‘The Business Games Challenge’, which is part of the Council’s Business Solutions ‘Investing in Health, Profit in Business’ Programme, funded by the Public Health Agency (PHA).
The Council in partnership with Disability Sport NI is offering local businesses the opportunity to try Wheelchair Basketball this year for the first time. The game can be played by those with disabilities and those without, with the aim of breaking down barriers around disability sport. The Games offer business teams the opportunity to experience this Paralympic sport first-hand.
Alderman Allan Ewart MBE, Chairman of the Council’s Development Committee, speaking about the Business Games Challenge, said: “We are hoping to see a good number of local businesses sign up to compete in this challenge. As a council we are proud to be the only council to organise such an innovative programme that combines networking and physical activity for local SMEs. I would encourage you to register your team as soon as possible as places are limited to 16 teams. This event will be fun and allow teams to socialise, build up camaraderie and network. Last year 15 teams took part and they definitely demonstrated the great team culture across the local business sector. At each game stage there will winners with the ‘Business Champion’ being crowned at the end of all three stages.”
Alderman James Tinsley, Chairman of the Leisure & Community Development Committee, added: “The social aspect of the Business Games Challenge is fun but there are also positive health benefits of participating in team sports and this is one of the key foundations of the Invest in Health, Profit in Business Programme. I would like to thank the PHA for funding this project that was implemented by the Council. It is a fantastic example of partnership working and supported one of our main goals of encouraging as many people as possible to become involved in physical activity to increase health and wellbeing."
Barbara Porter, Health and Social Wellbeing Improvement Senior Officer from the Public Health Agency’s Belfast and South Eastern Team commented: “The PHA is excited to once again partner with our council colleagues to provide the opportunities for our local business to let their staff have a bit of fun, burn off any work stress from the day and to work as a team. Physical activity is one way to improve individuals’ health and wellbeing but is hard to factor into busy lives. These games give participants the chance to try something new in a friendly environment supported by their colleagues.”
To book a place for your team please email Kevin Madden, Sports Development Officer on firstname.lastname@example.org
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council Awarded National Standard Charter Status
January 24, 2018
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is delighted to have recently been awarded the National Standard Charter for Member Development. This accreditation follows a rigorous assessment by The Northern Ireland Local Government Association (NILGA).
The Charter recognises the Council’s demonstration and commitment to building Elected Member Skills in areas such as political and managerial leadership, learning and development, strategic approach and decision making.
Chairman of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Elected Member Development Steering Group, Councillor Nathan Anderson said: “This National Charter Accreditation is testament to the hard work of our Elected Members and their personal development, and I would like to convey my congratulations to everyone involved.
“The Elected Members of the Council are committed to the residents and businesses of our area and display such determination to make our community the best it can be. Receiving this accreditation demonstrates the Council is aiming to ensure our public representatives are also the best they can be by providing a robust support network of learning and development.
“There has been significant time and work dedicated to this accreditation process, both from the Council’s Elected Member Group and also Council Officers. It is encouraging to know that their efforts have been rewarded with this award,” said Councillor Anderson.
Chief Executive of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Dr Theresa Donaldson, said that this Award was a demonstration of the Council’s commitment to continuous improvement.
“This latest accreditation demonstrates once more our desire and ability to reach standards of excellence in what we do by working together. The National Charter Accreditation for Elected Member Development lasts for three years and we will consider the recommendation from the assessors to aim for the Charter Plus Accreditation in 2019,” said Dr Donaldson.
Pictured l-r are Councillor Scott Carson, Chairman of the Council's Corporate Services Committee; Members of the Elected Member Development Steering Group, Councillor Andrew Girvin, Vice-Chairman; Councillor Nathan Anderson, Chairman; Councillor Hazel Legge; Alderman Stephen Martin and Councillor John Gallen.
Council Has Awarded New Contract to Improve its Waste Management Services
January 22, 2018
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council has awarded a contract to Irish Waste Services for the collection, processing and treatment of waste from its three Household Recycling Centres.
This contract will reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill from its recycling facilities at The Cutts in Derriaghy, Drumlough and Carryduff. The waste will now be collected and sorted at Irish Waste Services premises maximising the amount of recyclable material being recovered within the Council area.
Alderman Tommy Jeffers, Chairman of the Council’s Environmental Services Committee, speaking about the new contract, said: “Over the last 18 months the Council has been implementing a number of measures to increase its recycling rate and reduce waste to landfill. These have included an increase in the types of plastic items that can be recycled from home and the requirement to recycle all food waste in the brown bin provided. Our residents have embraced these new recycling habits and we thank them for their efforts.
“This new contract will allow the Council to play its part in improving recycling rates through the processing of residual and bulky waste from its recycling centres. Annually approximately 8,200 tonnes of waste is sent to landfill from our recycling centres; and Irish Waste Services will play an important role in diverting as much as possible in the year ahead.
“The Council is looking forward to working in partnership with Irish Waste Services to maximise our recycling rates and reduce our waste to landfill, which will deliver measurable environmental benefits” concluded Alderman Jeffers.
Commenting on the contract, Jason McPolin, Managing Director, Irish Waste Services said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this contract. Our circular economy approach of recovery, re-use and recycling diverts waste streams that have historically been landfilled. It results in cost savings for the Council and achievement of its diversion targets.”
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council support Fort Hill College innovators of the future at BT Young Scientist Exhibition
January 22, 2018
A team from Fort Hill Integrated College in Lisburn who attended the prestigious BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition this month at the RDS, Dublin today thanked Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council for the support they received from the Development committee.
This event is the premier STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) event in the British Isles and one of the biggest in Europe. Almost 2100 projects from across the UK were entered with only 550 making it to the finals and Fort Hill College was one of only thirteen schools from Northern Ireland to qualify.
Two year 11 pupils, Jamie Martin and Ben Halligan, focussed their project on the use of hamsters to generate a renewable source of energy, and assessing whether or not that resulting energy created could be used to charge mobile phones.
Alderman Allan Ewart MBE, Chair of the Development Committee at Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council said, “It is a really encouraging sign for the economic future of the area and indeed that of Northern Ireland that there is such a high level of interest in STEM subjects in schools. We were delighted to be able to support the team from Fort Hill Integrated College as they represented the Council area at this prestigious science and technology showcase.”
Feedback from the judges was extremely positive. Professor Sarah Jane Delaney, Assistant Head of School of Computing, said, “Well done guys! You picked a very useful and important area for your project. Your idea is interesting and you succeeded in building a prototype and building it out.”
Jamie and Ben said of the experience, “As well as being an amazing learning experience, taking part in the BT Young Scientist competition meant that we had to present and explain our ideas to judges and hundreds of other competition participants and visitors. That will definitely help with future coursework presentations and interviews. We are already looking forward to next year. Thanks to the Council for helping us to participate.”
Aside from the obvious benefits to the team involved, according to Science Teacher at Fort Hill Integrated College Stephen McCormick, “There has been a huge amount of interest generated in Science within the College with other students approaching the science department with project ideas for the competition in 2019.”
London is the Flavour for Lisburn Castlereagh Food & Drink Businesses
January 19, 2018
As part of Made in Lisburn Castlereagh, Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is offering ten local food and drink companies the exciting opportunity to take part in its first ever dedicated four day Food and Drink Trade Mission to London this April (18th - 21st).
This trade mission will offer local business participants the budding opportunity to engage with potential buyers at face to face meetings, network at the high-profile annual Lisburn Castlereagh at Westminster event and participate in a group trade stand at a London based market, showcasing their finest, flavoursome offerings produced in Lisburn Castlereagh.
Alderman Allan Ewart MBE, Chairman of the Council’s Development Committee, said: “This is the first trade mission the Council has led to London and we are delighted to have the opportunity to profile our successful local food and drink companies. Within our council area we have a strong history of local drink and food producers exporting their unique products from Hilden Brewery to Hannan Meats. This trade mission will allow up and coming as well as established local producers to pitch their products and services to the market potential of Great Britain and increase their export customer base.
“The Council is delighted that this inaugural trade mission will coincide with its 2018 Westminster event, which is attended by over 200 high-profile delegates including local businesses, potential developers, ambassadors and senior politicians in a bid to develop trade links with Great Britain and foster relations with suppliers and customers. If you are a local food or drink producer and don’t want to miss out please sign up for this trade mission and avail of budding opportunities to expand your business within the UK.”
Alice McIlhagger, owner of Brambleberry Jams, speaking about this opportunity, said: “The Council will also be profiling the businesses that take part as part of the wider Made in Lisburn Castlereagh brand, which promotes the innovative products and talent that is prevalent in the Council area. The Council is extremely proud of its businesses and showcasing them to different markets as part of its wider investment programme.”
Due to the Council’s substantial contribution each participating business will only be required to pay £250 (ex. VAT) as their contribution to the programme that will include travel and accommodation.
Places are limited. The London Trade Development Mission is now open for recruitment and if you are a business based within the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council area and interested in finding out further information please contact Caroline Diamond on 07825 147191 or email: email@example.com before 12 noon on Friday 26th January 2018.
Sports Personality of the Month Winners Announced
January 19, 2018
Sports Lisburn & Castlereagh is celebrating local sporting talent following the announcement of Sports Personality of the Month for the winter sporting season.
Sponsored by Decathlon, the awards recognise the achievements and dedication of sporting stars in the Lisburn & Castlereagh area. The winners are selected each month by the Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh Committee and a £100 voucher is awarded to each successful winner.
The winter winners included; Amy Stewart who won a gold medal and two silver medals at the British Taekwondo Championships; James Nicholson who secured a bronze medal at the Divisional Lisbon International Taekwondo Championships in Portugal, and Alex McHenry who won the Munster U11 Squash Championships.
Alderman James Tinsley, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee said: “I am delighted that we can acknowledge the achievements of local athletes through our Sports Personality of the Month award. I appreciate that any sporting achievement is the result of hard work, training and dedication and I am therefore pleased that athletes in the council area can be recognised for this.”
Jimmy Walker, Chairman of Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh also added, “I would like to congratulate Amy, James and Alex on their remarkable success to date. Their success is a shining example to others who strive to succeed at the highest level in their chosen sport. I am therefore pleased to commend them on their achievements and I wish them every success in the future.
“Finally I would like to thank Decathlon for kindly sponsoring the initiative and I would warmly encourage other clubs to make the time to nominate an individual who has excelled in their sport.”
For further details on Sports Personality of the Month, please email Adrian Baron at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Council Launches Maghaberry 'Developing Places - Sharing Space' Community Fund
January 17, 2018
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is piloting a new scheme to award funding to support local organisations in the Maghaberry area to ‘Develop Place & Share Space’.
The funding, provided through a Section 76 Planning Agreement will be targeted at Maghaberry and will support communities to enhance the local area and create strong and vibrant communities.
There are two categories of funding available: Large grants up to a maximum value of £50,000 and small grants up to a maximum value of £10,000. The minimum value of small applications is £1,000 and large applications must have a minimum value of £10,001. Only one application will be accepted per organisation and it must be submitted under one of the two funding categories. Applicants must be non-profit organisations based in the Lisburn and Castlereagh area.
To support organisations interested in applying for this funding scheme the Council is hosting two information workshops:
Maghaberry Community Centre on Monday 22ndJanuary at 11.00am
Maghaberry Primary School on Tuesday 23rd January at 7.00pm
Places are limited at these workshops so please book in advance by emailing email@example.com or by phoning 028 9244 7713. Organisations can also discuss the eligibility of their project with one of the Council’s Community Support Team before submitting their application.
Alderman James Tinsley, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee, speaking about this funding scheme, said: “This pilot of the ‘Developing Place – Sharing Space Fund’ focuses on Maghaberry village and has been established to support community projects within the Maghaberry area. This fund will provide an opportunity for organisations to deliver schemes or develop an asset that will improve or increase community or social infrastructure.
"Applicants must demonstrate how the proposed projects will contribute to strengthening the local community through vibrant public spaces, enhancing community relations and developing a healthy community. I am very much looking forward to learning about local community ideas and projects for Maghaberry village,” concluded Alderman Tinsley.
Application forms and guidelines for these grants can be accessed online at www.lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk/community or by calling Community Services Section on 028 9244 7713 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The closing date for the receipt of applications is Friday 9th February 2018. All funding projects must be completed by 31st January 2020.
The Developing Place – Sharing Space Fund is a competitive scheme and applications will be determined based on merit and solely on the information supplied as part of the application process.
Council Offers Community Grants to Celebrate the Royal Wedding
January 16, 2018
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council recently launched its Royal Wedding Celebration Community Grant Fund.
This small grants scheme will award grants up to a maximum value of £500 to constituted local community and voluntary groups wishing to provide ‘community parties’ to celebrate the forthcoming wedding of HRH Prince Harry and Miss Meghan Markle on 19th May 2018.
Alderman James Tinsley, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee, speaking about the grant fund, said: “I have no doubt there will be many events across Northern Ireland to mark the upcoming Royal Wedding. The Council wants to give local communities the opportunity to become involved and celebrate this memorable occasion. The events that will receive support from the Council must be a street party/festival, all-inclusive, open and accessible to everyone within the local community and take place between 16th May and 23rd May 2018.”
The Royal Wedding Celebration Community Grant Fund is a competitive scheme and applications will be available online from Monday 15th January. Applications must be submitted to the Council before the closing date of 4.00pm on Friday 9th February 2018. Late applications will not be accepted.
Alderman Tinsley added: “The term community is very central to the work of the Council’s Leisure & Community Wellbeing Department and through its many grant streams and sporting activities it works to bring people together right across the Lisburn Castlereagh area. I hope that these grants to mark the Royal Wedding will bring a high level of community sprit across the Council area. I myself am looking forward to celebrating the Royal Wedding and watching Prince Harry, the youngest son of Prince Charles and the late Diana, Princess of Wales, marry his sweetheart Meghan Markle. I wish them every success and happiness in married life,” he concluded.
Application forms and guidelines for these grants can be accessed online at www.lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk/community or by calling Rosemary Burns on 028 9244 7679 or emailing email@example.com
In the event of this grant scheme is over-subscribed the Council reserves the right to reduce the amount of grant aid offered to keep within the allocated budget.
Brookvent Excels at Exporting
January 16, 2018
Northern Ireland’s leading supplier of energy saving ventilation systems Brookvent, is currently exporting 48% of its products to markets as far afield as New Zealand. This significant export rate has been achieved within six years and is just one the reasons why they win awards.
Brookvent won the coveted title of SME of the Year at the recent UTV Business Eye Awards. This accolade joins their other awards that recognise their experience in international markets and success as an SME manufacturer. Brookvent has also set a new industry standard in Heat Recovery Ventilation efficiency.
Representatives from the Council recently visited their premises as part of its Made in Lisburn Castlereagh business engagement visits and the Council’s wider investment programme to see first-hand the products they manufacture and sell.
Alderman Allan Ewart MBE, Chairman of the Council’s Development Committee, speaking about the visit, said: “This local business has over 30 years’ engineering experience in the design, manufacture and supply of market leading ventilation products for residential properties. Over the years its increased product portfolio has met the needs of their customers across both the public and private sectors.
“Brookvent’s strong engineering knowledge has assisted with its growth in foreign markets; and led to the establishment of a base in Poland together with distributorships in Hungary, the Baltics and Russia. Through participation in trade missions to foreign markets Brookvent has achieved its export success.
“The evolution of their product range has helped to improve the energy efficiency of the buildings they are installed in, keep running costs down benefiting the customers after the purchase of a quality product. We are delighted with their engineering skills and achievements and wish them every success in the future.”
Speaking at the visit Managing Director, Declan Gormley, said: “Brookvent are proof that with the right strategy in place, local SME’s can compete with confidence on the global stage. In 2009 the company had zero export markets outside of the UK and Ireland. Now, prestigious projects in cities as diverse as Warsaw, Sydney & London have become a staple part of Brookvent’s portfolio, growing the brand and customer base across Europe and beyond.”
The aim of the business engagement visits are to profile local businesses, as well as provide them with an opportunity to discuss with council officers and elected representatives the key issues that are important to the individual business. The Council has always enjoyed strong links with the business sector and these visits will strengthen this even further.
If your business is in the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council area and would like to take part in a business engagement visit contact the Council’s Business Solutions team on Tel: 028 9244 7389.
New Year, New Fairtrade Resolution
January 12, 2018
The Council would like to ask residents to make a New Year’s Resolution to purchase Fairtrade products this year as part of their weekly shopping.
Later this year the Council will be submitting an application to retain its Fairtrade City Status and we would welcome the continued support of residents to achieve this.
Alderman Allan Ewart MBE, Chairman of the Council’s Development Committee, said: “Our award as a Fairtrade City is down to the commitment of local retailers, schools and churches using and/or selling Fairtrade products. The Council has played its part by ensuring that the Made in Lisburn Castlereagh Coffee Dock at Lagan Valley Island sells some Fairtrade products. Our residents also have a role in our Fairtrade status and I would ask that this New Year they make a resolution to continue to buy Fairtrade items, which could be chocolate, cotton buds or teabags.
“It is great to see the big chocolate brands Cadburys and Nestle using Fairtrade ingredients in the popular Dairy Milk and Maltesers products. In 2018 it would be fantastic to see an increase in the number of Fairtrade schools, businesses and churches within the Lisburn Castlereagh area. The Council will also be holding some Fairtrade events later in the year to raise awareness of this good cause which assists farmers in the developing world. Please play your part and support Fairtrade,” concluded Alderman Ewart.
Along with the support of local retailers, schools and churches, the Council achieved Fairtrade City Status last May and with their continued support hopes to retain this accreditation.
For more information on Fairtrade within the Lisburn Castlereagh area and how to become a Fairtrade school, business or church please log on to www.lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk/fairtrade
Entries open for the 2018 Lisburn & Castlereagh City Business Awards
January 10, 2018
The Lisburn & Castlereagh City Business Awards 2018 are officially open for entries. Local businesses and entrepreneurs are being urged to enter before the deadline on Monday 12th February.
Organised by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, the Awards recognise local organisations and business people for their commercial success and contribution to the area.
This year the Business Awards promise to be bigger than ever as businesses in the Lisburn Castlereagh area are eligible to enter each of the 16 categories which include Business Person of the Year, Best New Business, The Rising Star - Young Entrepreneur Award and this year’s new category, Best Family Business Award.
The winners will be announced at a glittering black-tie ceremony at the La Mon Hotel & Country Club on Friday 23rd March, hosted by Q Radio breakfast show presenters Stephen Clements and Cate Conway.
Alderman Allan Ewart MBE, Chair of the Development Committee at Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council said: “It’s important to recognise all of the great work that is going on around us, especially as the businesses behind it play such a key role in our local economy.
“The aim of these awards is to highlight the achievements of some truly remarkable companies in our area, which boasts an incredibly diverse range of skills and industries, from artisan producers and hospitality providers to leading manufacturing and technology businesses to name just a few.
“The last Lisburn & Castlereagh City Business Awards were extremely successful with entries received from a range of small, medium and large businesses. We are anticipating the same level of interest this time around, so please don’t miss your opportunity to be a part of this spectacular and prestigious event by completing and submitting your own entry.
“The Awards are a fantastic opportunity for local companies to showcase their abilities and their success. I would encourage our local businesses to get their entries in and help us celebrate the very best that we have to offer across the wider Lisburn and Castlereagh area,” concluded Alderman Ewart MBE.
The deadline for entries is 5.00pm on Monday 12th February 2018.
The full list of award categories is as follows:
- Lisburn and Castlereagh Business Person of the Year Award (sponsored by GMcG Chartered Accountants)
- Rising Star - Young Entrepreneur Award
- Best Tourism Amenity (sponsored by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council)
- Excellence in Customer Service (Non-Retail) Award
- Excellence in Customer Service (Retail) Award (sponsored by Retail NI)
- Best Marketing Campaign Award (sponsored by Bank of Ireland)
- Best New Business Award (sponsored by Lisburn Enterprise Organisation)
- Excellence in Manufacturing Award (sponsored by Montupet UK)
- Best Exporting Business Award (sponsored by OCO)
- Business Growth Award
- Best Social Enterprise Business Award (sponsored by Social Enterprise NI)
- Best Licensed Eating Establishment
- Best Non-Licensed Eating Establishment
- Innovation Award (sponsored by Plastec NI)
- Investment in Health Award (sponsored by Public Health Agency)
- Best Family Business Award (sponsored by The Irish News)
Council to mark 40 Years of La Mon bombing and appeals to Victims to get in touch
January 4, 2018
The 17th February 2018 will be 40 years since the La Mon House Hotel bombing atrocity.
As a mark of respect, Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council will hold a private Commemorative Service at Lagan Valley Island, in Lisburn, in February 2018 to remember those who lost their lives and the victims of this atrocity.
The Council is currently working with representatives of those people who were caught up in the bombing all those years ago in order to organise proceedings and invitations for the forthcoming Commemorative Service.
It is appealing to any victims who are not already involved with or aware of these plans to please get in touch with the Council directly.
The Chairman of the Council’s Corporate Services Committee, Councillor Scott Carson, sits on the Working Group which is organising the 40th Anniversary event. He said: “For the victims and their families, the horror and tragedy of the bombing will never go away, and as a Council we want to ensure that they continue to be remembered. We also know that it is a very personal decision for people as to whether they would want to attend this Commemorative Service but what we want most is to make the occasion meaningful and memorable and to involve people who were affected all those years ago in a sensitive way.
“We are appealing to any victim or family member affected by this attack 40 years ago and who wishes to be involved in the commemoration, to contact us,” he said.
Anyone who would like to get in touch with the Council should contact, Carmel Connolly (Head of Central Support Services) by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 028 9250 9265.
Councillor Scott Carson, Chairman of the Council’s Corporate Services Committee
Lisburn & Castlereagh Strongly Represented on Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games Team
January 4, 2018
The strength and depth of sporting provision within the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council area was reflected in the makeup of the Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games Team announced today,.
The Council area although one of the smallest in size supplies one of if not the largest number of Competitors, Officials, Support Staff and Coaches. Furthermore a number of team members who live outside the Council area compete for Teams in Lisburn & Castlereagh including Larkfield and Kingsway Netball Clubs.
Alderman James Tinsley Chairman of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee who attended the Team announcement stated:
“I commend the skill, motivation and dedication of all the local sports people who have been selected to attend the 21st Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast Australia. Furthermore the numbers selected reflect the strength of our clubs and coaches who provide the opportunities for excellence. Thus enhancing the already vibrant sporting structures within the Council Area”.
The Council will consider how best it can assist the athletes to ensure they have the opportunity to perform at their best when the Games begin on April 4th 2018.
Mayor congratulates locals on the New Year Honours list
January 4, 2018
The Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Tim Morrow, expressed his delight at a number of local people who were named in the New Year Honours list:
“I was delighted to learn that a number of locals have been named in the New Year Honours list. With over 100 people from Northern Ireland being honoured, we are fortunate to have so many great people in our community getting the recognition they deserve. It is encouraging to see their achievements being rewarded with such a prestigious accolade and what a wonderful start to a new year.
“Congratulations to the Honorary President of Lisburn City Swimming Club, Jack Beattie, who has been awarded a BEM (British Empire Medal) for services to the Development of Sport in Lisburn. Stephen Chapman from Hillsborough, for his service to music in Northern Ireland also receives a BEM along with Robert Fisher from Hillsborough, for services to the Northern Ireland Prison Service Pipes and Drums Band; William Fleming from Lisburn, for services to young people through the Church Lads’ and Church Girls’ Brigades and The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme. Margaret McDonald also receives a BEM for services to young people through her work with Dunmurry Girl’s Brigade and the community in Lisburn. Meantime Margaret Shields from Dromore has been awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to defence.
“To each of the recipients I would like to say a personal thank you for everything you do for your local community. Whether it is for sport, music, the voluntary sector or community groups your commitment and significant contribution is to be admired and I hope that you take great joy and pride in making the New Year Honours list”, he concluded.
Mayor's New Year Message
January 2, 2018
The Mayor, Councillor Tim Morrow would like to wish all residents and businesses in the Lisburn Castlereagh area a very Happy New Year.
As we begin a New Year we tend to reflect on the past year and look ahead to the New Year and achieving our resolutions.
Since being elected Mayor last June I have had the opportunity to meet with many local individuals, groups and organisations across the Council area who all work at a grassroots level for the benefit of their whole community. We should not underestimate their contribution and I wish them a successful 2018. Nominations have already been received for the Mayors Community Awards; and I am looking forward to the ceremony in March when these individuals and voluntary organisations will receive well-deserved recognition for all their good work.
In the year ahead the Council will be continuing to implement its Community Plan and Local Development Plan to improve the quality of life for our residents and provide a vibrant council area. We will also have the first ever Lisburn Castlereagh Youth Council meeting where local young people will represent the views of their peers and make decisions that will impact on this age group.
The Council is committed to its investment plan and is working diligently to attract private sector investment to the area to provide jobs and improve our offering as a city, which has a strong property infrastructure and excellent transportation links. As a council we know the Lisburn Castlereagh area has an ever increasing population, which brings a wealth of talent, creativity and high skill levels to the local economy.
Treat Week will take place in late February and is an initiative dedicated to promoting local eateries across the Council area. The Council is looking forward to working with them to showcase their business. March will see the return of the popular Business Awards and we look anticipate a high level of entries from local companies. Our Lisburn & Castlereagh at Westminster event and a dedicated Food & Drink Trade Mission in April will allow us to showcase our best assets to potential investors and for them to see the quality of goods manufactured locally.
Finally as we move into 2018 I would like to see us continue to respect each other’s beliefs, laugh together and look out for each other. I hope that everyone’s wishes and hopes come true for them in 2018.
Wishing you all a peaceful and prosperous new year.
Alderman Tinsley reports good news regarding the Dromara Christmas Tree
December 28, 2017
The Chairman of the Council's Leisure and Community Development Committee, Alderman James Tinsley reports good news regarding the Dromara Christmas Tree:
"We are pleased to report the Council has now installed replacement lights and decorations on the Dromara Christmas Tree and hope the local community can now fully enjoy the Christmas Tree until this festive time is over.
The Council appeals to those persons responsible for the vandalism to the tree, which caused the lights and decorations to be sourced and replaced, to respect everyone's enjoyment and leave the Christmas Tree alone."
Mayor expresses his sympathy
December 28, 2017
The Mayor, Councillor Tim Morrow, has expressed his sympathies to the family of Jayne Toal Reat:
"I was horrified to learn about the death of a woman in Lisburn on Christmas Day, especially in such brutal and shocking circumstances and our thoughts and prayers are with her family and loved ones at this time."
Update on the Dromara Christmas Tree from Alderman James Tinsley
December 27, 2017
Council crews assessed the Dromara Christmas Tree today. Due to the vandalism the lights were not repairable, but for the benefit of the local community we are working to source replacement lights and decorations.
Vandalism to the Christmas Tree at Dromara
December 24, 2017
The Council regrets damage, caused through vandalism, to the Dromara Christmas Tree. The Council became aware of this matter on Christmas Eve.
Chairman of the Leisure and Community Development Committee, Alderman James Tinsley said: "It is very disappointing that this has happened. I hope the local community's enjoyment of the Christmas Tree has not been too badly affected.
"Unfortunately given we became aware of this on Christmas Eve holiday time, we were limited as to what could be done. However our crews will fully assess the damage as a priority on Wednesday 27th December and see if it's possible to fix or repair the lights and decorations.
"This is an example of how someone's thoughtless actions affect others and I find this vandalism particularly sad because at Christmas we should be thinking about other people and showing kindness, not wrecking the community's enjoyment of the village Christmas Tree," he concluded.
The Council will update its social media followers on the outcome of its inspection and assessment of the Dromara Christmas Tree.
The 'Made in Lisburn Castlereagh' Coffee Dock counts down to Christmas
December 18, 2017
The ‘Made in Lisburn Castlereagh’ Coffee Dock at Lagan Valley Island in Lisburn is giving customers an early festive treat with a free homemade mince pie for anyone purchasing a hot drink before December 22nd.
The Coffee Dock, located in the rotunda area of Lagan Valley Island is open from 0800-1400 daily, with self-service tea and coffee available in the afternoon. It offers the perfect opportunity for visitors to Lagan Valley Island or The Island Arts Centre to take time out and relax.
As well as tea and Organic Fair Trade coffee, the Coffee Dock also offers a range of locally produced pastries and freshly baked goods, plus soup and gourmet sandwiches, wraps and salads.
Cllr Scott Carson, Chair of the Corporate Services Committee at Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, “This special offer is a chance for the Council to say thanks in some small way to the residents of Lisburn and Castlereagh who use our services throughout the year.
I can also confirm that I have carried out the very important role of taste testing the mince pies and they are delicious!!”
For further information on the ‘Made in Lisburn Castlereagh’ Coffee Dock and year round offers, click on www.laganvalleyisland.co.uk or call 028 9244 7444
Councillor raises awareness of Fibromyalgia and ME
December 15, 2017
One of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Elected Members, Alderman William Leathem, suffers from the medical condition Fibromyalgia. He is of the view that specialist medical care is needed for people with this condition, based on his own experiences and work with support groups.
He was delighted to be guest speaker at the December meeting of the Lisburn Fibromyalgia Support Group, where he was very warmly received.
William Leathem is a well-known, long-serving and respected Elected Member on the Council. He is a former Mayor and has held a number of key roles from his election in 2005 to local government. He has spoken out about Fibromyalgia and ME support services through the Council and through his involvement with the group Hope for ME and Fibro Northern Ireland.
William is also an ME sufferer and he secured unanimous support from the Council when he tabled a Notice of Motion in the Chamber earlier in the year; calling for a Specialist Consultant for Fibromyalgia and ME for the 7,000 ME sufferers and 17,000 Fibromyalgia sufferers in Northern Ireland.
At the Lisburn Fibromyalgia Support Group meeting, he talked with group members and outlined how he has coped living with this debilitating condition. He praised his wife, Kathleen, whom he described as his rock, for her encouragement, support, help and patience because, as he told the group, the condition has affected his life in many ways and family support has been crucial for him.
His diagnosis from some 17 years ago was described. He said: “Quite simply I felt like normal life had been taken away from me and it was like I hit a brick wall. I could not get out of bed and my symptoms included terrible muscle pain, tiredness, dizziness, weakness, cold hands and feet, all the time, feeling sick constantly and a total lack of any sleep pattern.
“I also experienced headaches, light sensitivity and worryingly memory loss, which was very frightening for me”, he added. “It was some five years before my condition was diagnosed and during this time I was in and out of hospital and spent periods confined to the house.”
He has welcomed the support that is available but is determinedly of the view that specialist medical provision is needed. He has paid for various treatments over the years, including deep tissue massage, kinesiology, hydro-baths and reflexology and availed of health treatments that are available through the Health Service like attending the Pain Clinic, which he says was not for him.
Today William’s pain relief dosage is one-third of what it was three years ago, which he is of course very pleased about, but it has been a long struggle to get to this point. He has praised the excellent GP care he has received but believes specialist support is urgently required for this highly complex illness. This is a message he will continue to push out.
He said: “Another aspect is how you actually feel on an emotional level. I know from speaking with other sufferers that this is common of the condition. It is easy to get depressed and anxious when your Fibromyalgia is really bad and you are living with awful pain, no sleep, sickness and the many other symptoms of Fibromyalgia.”
“But self-determination and keeping on putting one foot in front of the other is important. This and my family has helped me in my darkest days. I am very busy in my constituency and play a full role on the Council, which I really enjoy. I represent the electorate and I take this responsibility very seriously. I was Mayor back in 2012, although I know I should have slowed down at that time, as when the term was over I was completely shattered and had to take several weeks off. I was raising money for my then Mayoral Charity, Stepping Stones, and was busy with engagements virtually every night of the week. I have learned that sometimes you have to step back a little and listen to what your body is telling you.
“I am extremely grateful for the support I have received from my fellow Elected Members and from Council Officers and I would like to say a huge thank you to all. I would also like to thank the Lisburn Fibromyalgia Support Group for inviting me to speak at its meeting. I met so many people that identified with me, and me with them.”
“As 2018 approaches I will continue to lobby for specialist services for Fibromyalgia and will continue to provide updates on this work,” he concluded.
Siobhan Bailie and Sandra McConnell along with members of the Lisburn Fibromyalgia Support Group met with Alderman William Leathem, who is raising awareness of Fibromyalgia and ME.
Pictured with Alderman William Leathem are Siobhan Bailie and Sandra McConnell, group organisers of the Lisburn Fibromyalgia Support Group.
Alderman William Leathem was the guest speaker at the December meeting of the Lisburn Fibromyalgia Support Group.
Shopmobility - keeping Lisburn moving
December 15, 2017
Shopmobility is keeping the people of Lisburn mobile this festive season with a full range of powered scooters, wheelchairs and manual wheelchairs available to anyone with mobility issues.
Available all year-round the valuable Shopmobility scheme operates from Bow Street Mall however, the mobility aids can be used right across Lisburn City Centre with vehicles also available from Lisburn Square and Sprucefield Shopping Centre.
Elected Members recently visited the Lisburn office to find out more. Chairman of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Development Committee, Alderman Allan Ewart, MBE, said: “It is crucial that local people are aware of the service Shopmobility offer. We have a fantastic range of retail and leisure facilities here in Lisburn and making sure those people with mobility issues are able to get out and about and enjoy these facilities is of great importance. With the city even busier at this time of year we don’t want anyone feeling isolated. This free service is easy to use and available to everyone, regardless of age and the Council is delighted to support the charity and highlight the valuable work they do.”
Chairman of the Council’s Corporate Services Committee, Councillor Scott Carson, also visited the office in Lisburn and said: “The Shopmobility scheme is all about giving people their independence. So whether their mobility issue is temporary through an accident or of a more permanent nature Shopmobility is there to keep you moving. It can make all the difference to someone’s life if they are able to get out for social functions, exercise, visit friends or simply do some shopping. Well done to the Lisburn scheme for making a difference to our local community and promoting good practice for accessibility.”
Chair of the Shopmobility Committee, Karen Marshall, explains: “Although the main Shopmobility office is based in Bow Street Mall, the service extends to the wider Lisburn city centre area and beyond, and there are mobility vehicles available from Lisburn Square and Sprucefield Shopping Centre too, meaning that all of the prime shopping and leisure areas of Lisburn can be accessed. Shopmobility is a charity therefore we depend on people’s generosity, so if you wish to make a donation please contact the Lisburn office. We are also in need of volunteers to ensure this free service continues to assist local people. If you can spare a few hours a week we would love to hear from you. Volunteering is an extremely rewarding experience and we would be delighted to have you on board. Improving our urban accessibility is important to all our community and for the local traders as well.”
In order to use the Shopmobility scheme in Lisburn you will be required to register at the office in Bow Street Mall, which is on level one of the multi-storey car park (entering from Antrim Street), or at Sprucefield. If you are not familiar with the use of powered scooters or wheelchairs there are volunteers or security staff willing to show you how to use them and get you signed up if you are not already a member, all you need is proof of name and address.
For further information on the Shopmobility scheme check out their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/shopmobolitylisburn/
· Shopmobility - Bow Street Mall Tel - 02892 601357 Email: email@example.com
· Bow Street Mall Management office Tel - 028 9267 5438 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
· Lisburn City Centre Management Ltd. Tel - 028 9266 0625
Lisburn City Centre Businesses Award Christmas Gift to Competition Winner
December 14, 2017
Santa Claus in the guise of a number of Lisburn City Centre businesses, has come early for Mrs Kathy Croskery and her family this year after she won the recent Love Lisburn competition! This lucky lady from Clough, Co Antrim, was delighted to collect £2,000 worth of vouchers to spend at a variety of Lisburn City Centre businesses.
The prize guarantees a fabulous shopping and dining experience for Kathy in Lisburn City Centre. It includes free car-parking at the newly refurbished Graham Gardens Car Park along with vouchers to treat herself and her loved ones at Bow St Mall, Jonzara, Debonair, Style Gallery, Vanilla Clothing, Music Gallery and Railway Recording. Kathy also won vouchers to be pampered at Jeannette Kidd Beauty and Day Spa, and to dine out and have coffees at Square Bistro and Glasshouse Coffee.
An ecstatic Kathy said: "I don't usually enter competitions but I really love shopping in Lisburn and when I spotted it on social media I decided to give it a go! I'm absolutely over the moon to have won this, I still can't quite believe it. I've three young children and this prize with a variety of businesses means that I can treat all of my family. Thank you so much to Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council and all of the retailers involved, you've helped to make our Christmas."
Alderman Allan Ewart MBE, Chairman of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council's Development Committee said: "We are delighted once again at the generosity of our city centre retailers and it's just wonderful that Kathy's next trips to Lisburn shall be an extra special time for her. The variety of businesses that contributed to the competition will ensure a terrific experience for Kathy and her family. I'm proud that Lisburn has something to offer all families, and all ages this Christmas."
The Love Lisburn, Love Christmas campaign will continue over the next couple of weeks. Please log on to visitlisburncastlereagh.com/christmas for details of all Love Lisburn offers, where to get a copy of the Gift Guide and for information about free car-parking and shop opening hours.
Council Retains Its Commitment to Tackling Domestic Abuse
December 13, 2017
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council has once again been awarded the Gold Workplace Charter to acknowledge its work to tackle domestic violence and abuse.
The Award was renewed at the Workplace Charter Awards Ceremony organised by Onus, a charity, which provides services for victims of domestic abuse.
Councillor Hazel Legge, Deputy Mayor of the Council said: “We are delighted to have retained our Gold Workplace Charter; and the Council will continue to be supportive of the work of Onus. This Charter acknowledges our continuous commitment to supporting employees who may be affected by domestic violence.”
Alderman Tommy Jeffers, Chairman of the Council’s Environmental Services Committee, added: “As part of our Onus accreditation we have ensured all our buildings whilst open are Safe Places for residents, men and women, who may be affected by domestic violence. They can come to one of our facilities and seek support and guidance on how to access confidential services and refuge from their abuser.
“In addition to our Onus accreditation the Council works through its Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) to reduce the incidents of domestic violence and abuse in the Lisburn Castlereagh area. Through the PCSP we continue to improve support for and interaction with victims of domestic abuse by funding a Domestic Violence Liaison Officer, which allows greater access to services and support for victims. I am pleased that the Council plays its part to try and create a society with ‘zero tolerance’ for domestic abuse,” concluded Alderman Jeffers.
Domestic abuse has many other forms and children in the family can also be affected, therefore it is vital that organisations do all they can to help reduce the levels.
Colette Stewart, Chief Executive of Onus, said at the event: “Our Awards evolve every year, as organisations continue to build upon previous commitments and demonstrate how more can always be done. It is really heartening to see the commitment of the Council in working with us towards a society with zero tolerance for domestic abuse and encouraging other organisations in its area to support the initiative.”
Anyone dealing with domestic violence can access support by calling the Free phone 24hr Domestic and Sexual Violence Helpline on 0808 802 1414, which is open to all women and men affected by domestic and sexual violence. Safe Place resources also provide contact information for PSNI, The Rowan and Childline.
Domestic Violence, the onus is on all of us and to find out how you can play your part through Onus’s various Pathways for Participation please visit www.onustraining.co.uk for further information or contact them on 028 2568 9450.
Updated Information on Council Services as at 13th December
December 13, 2017
GRITTING AND GRIT BOX ENQUIRIES
For all gritting and grit box enquiries please contact Transport NI on 0300 200 7893 or email email@example.com to make request.
BIN COLLECTION UPDATE IN ADVERSE WEATHER
The Council is currently undertaking a mop up collection service for any bins that have been missed during this current spell of bad weather.
However, due to the level of ice in areas we may not be able to empty them all on their scheduled day. Please be assured we will empty all bins that are safe to do so.
If you bin has not been emptied by 5.00pm please bring it in again and then represent for 7.00am the following morning.
The Council will be sending out extra crews every day to collect all missed bins this week. Please keep leaving your bin out until it has been emptied.
Thank you for your co-operation.
KERBIE BOX COLLECTION UPDATE IN ADVERSE WEATHER
Bryson Recycling will endeavour to get as many boxes today as possible, weather and conditions permitting. They have had a few incidents were vehicles have got stuck in the snow so will more than likely be keeping to the main roads only.
Any boxes that are missed due to adverse weather will be collected as normal the following week. Overflow bags can be used with one type of material in each bag to enable sorting. However, glass should not be placed into overflow bags.
LEISURE SERVICES AND FACILITIES
All Leisure services/facilities are back to normal but will be monitoried throughout the current cold spell.
The pages below have useful tips and advice for dealing with adverse weather conditions.
Dromara Community Resilience Group urges householders to ‘Be Ready’ with new resilience plan.
December 13, 2017
Dromara Community Resilience Group, in conjunction with local partners from the emergency services, has launched the Dromara Community Resilience Plan following 12 months of collaboration, planning and preparation. The plan contains a range of useful information on local risk assessment, personal clearance of snow – The Snow Code - emergency contact and volunteer information and resources and emergency arrangements.
The group is made up of volunteers from the Dromara Community Association, Dromara Youth Group, local churches, Dromara Primary School, local councillors and members of the community. As part of their research in creating the plan, the volunteers met representatives from the emergency services, drainage agencies, health trusts, voluntary agencies and Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council.
Dromara Community Resilience Group has also located and identified emergency equipment such as sandbag containers for flooding and snow clearance equipment. A “Be Ready” resilience folder containing a General Household Emergency Life-Saving Plan, Severe Weather Plan and Community Resilience Questionnaire will be delivered to each home in Dromara in December to help the community be better prepared for emergency or severe weather situations.
Cllr Janet Gray, Vice Chair of the Environmental Services Committee at Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council said at the launch, “This resilience plan demonstrates what can be achieved by a group of committed volunteers. Volunteers are essential in supporting and assisting the community to prepare and recover following an event or incident and the Community Resilience Questionnaire in the pack asks for additional local residents to join the group.
There is an opportunity for everyone within the community to make a contribution; from clearing snow from pathways to making hot drinks in the village hall to assisting those who may be in greater need of support.”
Translink has launched a festive travel package for Lisburn and Castlereagh residents
December 13, 2017
Network-wide fare discounts, late night services, entertainment and some ‘cracker’ festive surprises!
Translink has launched a festive travel package for Lisburn and Castlereagh residents featuring discount fares and late night services to ensure local shoppers and commuters can make their all-important journeys this Christmas.
Discounts are available on NI Railways with one third off day returns after 9.30am and all day at weekends plus day return travel for the price of a single ticket on Goldline and Ulsterbus. For late night shoppers or Christmas nights-out in Belfast, NI Railways will operate a 11.55pm and 12.15am service from Great Victoria Street to Lisburn every Friday and Saturday during December. Park and Ride sites including Blacks Road, Cairnshill, Dundonald and Sprucefield are offering special discounts, enhanced services and late opening throughout December.
For families looking for a fun day out, Translink is offering an Enterprise Family & Friends Day Return ticket for £50 to Dublin for two adults and up to four children travelling after 9.30am. Alternatively Translink’s £22 Family and Friends ticket offers one day’s unlimited travel in Northern Ireland for up to two adults and four children across all services on weekdays after 9.30am and all day Saturdays and Sundays – reduced to just £17 from 16th December 2017 – 1st January 2018. Full details are available online at www.translink.co.uk/christmas/ .
Announcing the Christmas travel package, Jim McCauley from Translink said: “Every Christmas we make it our priority to introduce a selection of discount tickets for customers to enjoy good value hassle-free travel over the festive season – cutting the cost of Christmas. Top of our list is also ensuring our customers’ travel plans run smoothly during what can be an extremely busy travel period.
“As a result of our festive package, we hope to give the local retail and hospitality sector a boost during their busiest time of the year by transporting more people to the area,” continued Mr McCauley.
But it’s not all work and no play for Translink over the festive season with special activities planned to give back during the season of goodwill.
“We do our best every year to bring the Christmas spirit to life in our station and on-board services with an exciting line-up of special festive entertainment. We’re also supporting the PSNI #safehome campaign, reminding passengers not to drink alcohol on-board Translink services and to always respect fellow passengers and staff. So with plenty of festive travel offers, surprises and entertainment planned, we would like to wish all our passengers a very Happy Christmas,” said Jim.
Speaking at the launch of Translink’s 2017 festive travel campaign, Alderman Allan Ewart MBE, Chairman of the Council's Development Committee, encouraged people to make use of public transport saying: “Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is delighted to partner with Translink to launch its 2017 festive travel campaign. We would encourage everyone to make the smart move and give public transport a go when travelling to local shops and attractions over the Christmas season.
“One of the Council’s primary objectives is to make our city and surrounding towns as accessible as possible to as many people as we can. And at a time of year when more cars are on the road, public transport is a low cost, convenient option for those living, working and shopping in the local area, while reducing congestion.”
For full details on Translink’s Christmas travel offers, timetable and entertainment activities visit www.translink.co.uk/christmas/ or join in the conversation online using #smartmovers.
Local schools are firmly rooted in Forest initiative
December 13, 2017
Three local Schools, Downshire Primary School, Beechlawn School, Hillsborough and Rowandale Integrated Primary School, Moira have their roots firmly planted in the Forest Schools initiative this year.
The Forest Schools programme is a great way to encourage schools to consider their local open spaces as a media for learning and is delivered by Northern Ireland Forest School Association (NIFSA) in partnership with Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, for the Council area.
Downshire Primary School were the first to take part in the pilot programme using Hillsborough Play Park as their outdoor classroom and were recently presented with their NIFSA Nature Ranger Award Certificates by Chairman of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee, Alderman James Tinsley.
Speaking at the presentation, Alderman Tinsley said: “The number of Forest Schools in Northern Ireland is increasing and the Council is proud to be part of this initiative. What better way to educate our children than to use the outdoors as an extension of the classroom. To use our local green spaces to their full potential not only gives the children a wealth of knowledge it also provides them with a great sense of ownership and pride. I would like to congratulate all the children from Downshire Primary School who took part and I hope they are extremely proud of their well-deserved certificates. The Council is committed to promoting our parks and open spaces as an important educational and recreational resource and Forest Schools is a great way to achieve this.”
All the Forest Schools activities can be linked directly to the curriculum which allows teachers to ensure continued progress towards academic targets. The use of outdoor classrooms and change of venue is a fantastic experience for both children and teachers and has demonstrated to be particularly useful for children who do not normally thrive in the classroom.
To find out how to do your bit for biodiversity visit: www.lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk/things-to-do/parks-and-open-spaces/biodiversity
To find out more about Forest Schools visit www.nifsa.org.uk and to register your school/organisation interest in becoming a Forest School visit www.forestschoolawards.org
Council Launches Disability Sports Hub Project
December 12, 2017
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, in partnership with Disability Sport NI, launched a Disability Sports Hub project at Lough Moss Leisure Centre, Carryduff last week as part of a province wide initiative.
Funded by the Department for Communities and Sport NI, the project is part of the Active Living: No Limits 2021 Action Plan to improve the health and wellbeing of people with disabilities in Northern Ireland through participation in sport and active recreation.
Lisburn & Castlereagh is one of eleven Council areas in Northern Ireland to have received disability sports equipment packs including twelve sports wheelchairs, one rugby wheelchair, three track chairs, five hand cycles, four tandem bikes, three trikes, three boccia sets and one sensory activity pack.
Speaking about the launch of Disability Sports Hub project, Chairman of the Leisure and Community Development Committee, Alderman James Tinsley said: “On behalf of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, I am extremely delighted to launch the Disability Sports Hub project at Lough Moss Leisure Centre, which will no doubt play an integral role in providing sport and physical activity opportunities for people with disabilities.
“The Council’s Sports Development Unit takes great pride in providing an inclusive service and endeavours to provide a range of programmes and activities which inspire and encourage everyone, regardless of their disability, to get active.”
Kevin O’Neill, Disability Sport NI’s Chief Executive said: “The establishment of a Disability Sports Hub in all eleven of our District Council areas is a real game changer for people with disabilities here. Disabled people are currently half as likely to participate in sport as non-disabled people and this initiative will make a huge difference in helping us get more people with disabilities active in every area of Northern Ireland.”
Sport Northern Ireland Chair George Lucas added: “Sport Northern Ireland warmly welcomes the launch of the new District Council Disability Sports Hubs. These hubs will help support local people with disabilities to enjoy all the physical, mental and social benefits of participation in sport and physical activity. We look forward to continuing to work with Disability Sport NI, the Department for Communities and our other partners, to implement the Active Living: No Limits Action Plan and deliver positive change to the social, recreational and sporting lives of people with disabilities across Northern Ireland.”
Through the District Council Disability Sports Hub Project, Disability Sport NI will be supporting the development of sustainable sports clubs including wheelchair basketball, goalball and multi-skills within each hub. The project will raise the visibility of disability sports opportunities and encourage more people with a disability to be active and be the best.
Fergus Devitt, Director of Active Communities at the Department for Communities said: “I am delighted that the Department is able to support the implementation of the disability sector’s ‘Active Living: No Limits’ Action Plan that seeks over the next 5 years to bring about positive change to the social, recreational and sporting life of people with disabilities.
“Our investment of £1m will increase opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in sporting activities, to provide equipment for disability sports hubs in each Council area and also to enable access to several watersports venues and activities.
“It is important that we maintain this impressive start to our collective implementation of the Action Plan, to ensure the continued positive experiences of involvement and inclusion and to promote not only recreational enjoyment of sporting activity but potentially the development of our Paralympic champions for the future.”
For further details on Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Disability Sports Hub, please call, Sports Development Officer, Faron Morrison on Tel: 028 9081 1969.
Alderman Allan Ewart Receives MBE
December 12, 2017
Local Lisburn & Castlereagh Councillor, Alderman Allan Ewart, has received an MBE for his services to local government. Allan was presented with his MBE by His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales at the investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
Last week Allan travelled with his wife Denise, daughter, Lynne and son-in-law Philip to London. He said: “I am very pleased and humbled to have been awarded an MBE. It is a real honour and especially significant for me because it is for work which I really enjoy with the Council and the community. It was a very special occasion for my family and myself which we will all treasure.
“It was an honour to meet Prince Charles. I said I had travelled from Lisburn and he in turn mentioned Hillsborough Castle, the official residence of Her Majesty the Queen in Northern Ireland.”
Allan has been an Elected Member with the former Lisburn City Council and Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council since 2005. He held the Office of Mayor in the former Council and over the years has held a number of positions on Council Committees. He works with all of his fellow Elected Members on the Council and with Council Officers on many projects and initiatives.
He is currently Chairman of the Council’s Development Committee and has a keen interest in business development, industry, investment and growth for all of the Lisburn and Castlereagh area.
Should you get a dog for Christmas?
December 12, 2017
Joanne MacAskill, Senior Enforcement Officer, said: "The Christmas period is often an unsettling time in the home and is not ideally suited to introducing any new pet to a family. I would encourage everyone to think carefully before giving a dog a home at Christmas as sadly we often find dogs are abandoned after the first few weeks or months in a new home.”
If you are absolutely sure that your family is ready to take on a dog the Council’s Enforcement officers would ask that everyone consider the following points:
- Where do you live?
- How large is your garden?
- Do you have children?
- Are you at home during the day?
- Will you walk your dog?
- Can you afford it?
- Tips for Caring for your Dog
“With a pet come responsibilities” says Joanne “Every animal should be provided with a constant access to clean fresh water; a regular supply of good wholesome food, a clean sleeping area and freedom to move around their own property as much as possible. Depending on the dog’s breed it should receive between 30 to 60 minutes exercise every day. If it becomes stressed it will behave in a way to attract human attention, for example barking, biting, chewing, chasing, digging and forgetting its house training. These behavioural signs are an indication that a dog is not at ease with its environment,” she concluded.
If after reading the above information you still plan to buy a dog as a Christmas present please:
Don't make it a surprise gift - Talk to the recipient and find out if they're ready to commit as much as 15 years of their life to caring for a new family member. If your children are asking for a puppy, consider yourself as the dog owner, not the children.
Let the recipient select the dog - Don't take a chance on picking out a dog you think he or she would like. Even if you know the breed of dog they want, you still can't determine which particular dog they feel something special with
Take them to the dog pound - Instead of buying a puppy, adopt a homeless dog.
Alderman Tommy Jeffers, Chairman of the Council’s Environmental Services Committee added: “The Council’s Dog Pound is a temporary home for stray or abandoned dogs. It frequently has both unwanted pedigree dogs as well as lovable mixed breeds so you don’t have to pay hundreds of pounds for a pedigree pooch. There are also a number of older and mature dogs that may be easier to settle instead of introducing a new puppy into your home; the Council has plenty of options available for the public. Please contact the Dog Pound if considering a pup or dog to see which dogs are looking for a new home.”
Such dogs can be viewed when visiting our dog pound at Altona Industrial Estate, Hillsborough Old Road, Lisburn. It is open between 12:30pm and 2:30pm Monday to Friday or dogs can be viewed between 9.30am to 4.00pm Monday to Friday by prior appointment with the Enforcement Officers. We always have dogs that desperately want a good home.
If you believe you can care for a dog remember to buy a dog licence. This is your first step to being a responsible dog-owner. A licence costs only £12.50. Residents within the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council area can now apply for a dog licence online at www.lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk/online_services
The Contact Singers in find voice for Lisburn Mayor's Charity Concert
December 11, 2017
December 11, 2017
Award winning choir The Contact Singers, will be hitting the high notes at Lagan Valley Island Arts Centre on December 21st to raise money for the Mayoral Charities Habitat for Humanity Northern Ireland and Corrymeela Community
The Contact Singers who have sung alongside Russell Watson, will perform Pepper Choplin’s, “Night of the Father’s Love”, telling the story of the first Christmas Eve. The piece is an intertwining of a 13th-century chant with one of the most popular carol ever written, Silent Night.
The Mayor, Councillor Tim Morrow said of the performance, “This one-off performance on December 21st is an opportunity to soak up the Christmas atmosphere and to enter into the giving spirit of the season. Tickets cost only £5 and all proceeds will go to Humanity Northern Ireland and Corrymeela Community, two charities which are very important to me.
‘Night of the Father’s Love’ has been described as having ‘all of the mystery, the awe and the palpable excitement of that night (are) imaginatively captured in a Christmas mosaic that combines fragments of the familiar with a unique perspective in word and music.”
Following the performance, audience members will be served light refreshments.
For further information about the performance or to book tickets, go to www.islandartscentre.com or Tel: 028 92509 254.
Defibrillator Donated to Business Centre in Dundonald
December 11, 2017
The Danny Mills Heart Foundation has donated a defibrillator to the Urban Fitness Gym in Inspire Business Centre, Dundonald.
Elected representatives of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council attended the presentation of the defibrillator by the Danny Mills Heart Foundation, which was set up in memory of Danny Mills, a 21 year old from Bangor, who was a victim of sudden adult death syndrome (SADS).
The Mayor, Councillor Tim Morrow, said: “It is humbling to see a tragedy being turned into a positive with Danny’s family leading the cause of raising awareness of the need for accessible defibrillators. I commend their commitment as they selflessly put others first to ensure another family doesn’t lose a loved one to SADS.”
Danny Mills, 21, was found dead in his living room on New Year’s Day two years ago. Since then the Danny Mills Heart Foundation has raised more than £50,000 and donated 15 defibrillators to local organisations.
Alderman Allan Ewart MBE, Chairman of the Council’s Development Committee added: “It is great to see a local business centre working closely with a charitable foundation to provide lifesaving equipment that is accessible to the public. Inspire Business Centre is very busy all year round with the type of companies located within its site ranging from a gym to a health treatment facilities and a café to web design company. The former Lisburn council awarded the inventor of the defibrillator Professor Frank Pantridge MBE the freedom of the borough in 1990; and we are very proud of his accomplishment that has saved millions of lives around the world.”
Inspire Business Centre CEO, Dr Mark Brotherston, would like to thank the foundation for considering the placement of one of their donated defibrillators at Inspire Business Centre in Dundonald. He said: “We have a very active gym – Urban Fitness, at our location, which is utilised 24/7 all year round, delivering a wide range of cardiovascular fitness programmes, which are linked with over 70 companies located onsite. We consistently promote a healthy work life balance, and the placement of the defibrillator will play its part in facilitating that balance. I would recommend contacting The Danny Mills Heart Foundation, to find out more about how to make a donation, and participate in the wider placement of the defibrillator.”
Danny Mills mother Pauline added: “We don’t want anyone in this world to go through what we’ve been through and if these defibrillators can save even just one life, then that’s Daniel’s legacy living on. Being able to place defibrillators in a sports location or schools means that we know that if a child or an adult has a heart problem there’s a chance there for their life to be saved.”
The Danny Mills Foundation welcomes the opportunity to come and talk to groups, be it small or large, to make them aware of what SADS is and who it can affect. If you are interested in having the Foundation come and talk to you, please contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org
WorldHost Customer Service Training Open to Hillsborough Businesses
December 11, 2017
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, in conjunction with Tourism NI are running a series of WorldHost Training Programmes at the start of 2018, which are open to all customer facing businesses in Hillsborough.
This programme will focus on customer service and the importance of communication skills, addressing visitor needs, dealing with customer complaints and more. The training will also provide in-depth information on Hillsborough village and the surrounding area.
Alderman Allan Ewart MBE, Chairman of the Council’s Development Committee said: “The charming village of Hillsborough already attracts thousands of visitors a year who enjoy its visitor attractions and eateries. With the planned investments by the Council for the Public Realm Scheme and Historic Royal Palaces for its further development of Hillsborough Castle tourist numbers are set to increase significantly over the coming years.
“This training course is the ideal opportunity for local businesses to gain the invaluable skills and techniques that form the fundamentals of service professionalism. Quality customer service is key to the success of any business and this course will prepare frontline staff to deliver the highest levels of customer service to all visitors.”
Martin Graham, Regional Manager, Tourism NI, said “Tourism NI is delighted to support this World Host initiative in Hillsborough, especially in the run up to 2019 when Hillsborough Castle will become a truly world class visitor attraction and when the whole village will be attracting thousands of international visitors.”
As the Council and Tourism NI are keen to offer this fantastic opportunity to those in the hospitality industry the course is available at the discounted cost of £20 per candidate. This nominal charge will cover the one day training course on customer
service and product knowledge, refreshments on the day and a certificate on completion of the course.
This WorldHost training course is open to all businesses within Hillsborough village and the dates of available courses are detailed below. If you are interested in attending please contact Margaret McAvoy on 028 9244 7630 or email