Lisburn and Castlereagh Young People invited to sign up for Youth Council
September 20, 2018
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is now recruiting for 12 young people to be a part of their Youth Council which was established in September 2017.
Lisburn & Castlereagh Youth Council (LCYC) is open for applications until 30 September 2018 to young people aged 16 – 21 from across the Council area.
Managed by LCCC in partnership with the Education Authority 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 pro-actively engaged with the local decision making process.
LCYC will enable young people to engage with key decision makers, have their say on local issues, meet new friends and be a representative voice for young people in their area.
Youth Council Members will be involved in influencing a range of council events and programmes and will have the opportunity to undertake accredited training to grow and develop their skills and boost their confidence in representing young people’s views and opinions.
Chairman of the Strategic Community Planning Partnership, Alderman William Leathem, said:
“The Council is delighted to once again be recruiting for 12 new members to join the Lisburn & Castlereagh Youth Council. Following a very successful first year, the Youth Council has given young people a voice in the delivery of council services and an opportunity to share the views and opinions of their peers.
“As a Council, through our Community Plan, we are committed to ensuring that young people in Lisburn & Castlereagh are given a strong voice to lobby and influence decisions made at a local level.
“I would encourage young people aged 16-21 from all backgrounds and abilities to apply. I look forward to seeing the Youth Council continue to make positive change for young people from Lisburn & Castlereagh.”
LCYC will meet on a regular basis to identify and resolve common issues relating to young people in the local area.
Everyone is welcome to apply regardless of background, abilities or interests. The panel will consider the geographical spread and underrepresented groups to ensure the diverse needs of young people in the area are heard.
For more information and the application form visit: https://www.lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk/youthcouncil
The deadline for applications is 30 September 2018.
Council Signs Up to Breastfeeding Welcome Here Scheme
September 19, 2018
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is pleased to be the latest organisation to sign up to the Public Health Agency’s ‘Breastfeeding Welcome Here Scheme’, publicly encouraging nursing mums if they choose to breastfeed their baby in any council facility across the Lisburn Castlereagh area.
Councillor Janet Gray MBE, Chair of the Council’s Environmental Services Committee, speaking about the scheme said: “All mums are warmly welcomed in all our facilities. The Council joined this scheme to encourage breastfeeding mothers to feel comfortable feeding their baby in a public space. We appreciate that some mums can stop breastfeeding early as they don’t feel supported when feeding the baby outside the home and we want them to know that the Council supports them.
“It is also part of the Lisburn Castlereagh Community Action Plan under the health & wellbeing theme to encourage better health for residents. Breastfeeding has so many health benefits, both for mum and baby. It reduces the risk of infections, coughs, colds and allergies in babies and breastfeeding mums are at less risk of breast and ovarian cancer and osteoporosis. We also want to support an increase in the levels of breastfeeding in Northern Ireland which is currently one of the lowest rates in Europe.
“By being part of this scheme the Council is accepting that mothers can breastfeed in all ‘dry’ areas of our facilities and at the poolside at the LeisurePlex. We have trained our staff to be supportive of breastfeeding mothers in our facilities and we will publicly promote and display our support in each of our facilities so that breastfeeding mums can be assured that they will not be asked to move to another area or stop breastfeeding in a public area.”
The Council facilities which welcome breastfeeding mothers include: Lagan Valley Island, Lagan Valley LeisurePlex, Dundonald International Ice Bowl, Grove Activity Centre, Kilmakee Activity Centre, Glenmore Activity Centre, Castlereagh Hills Golf Club, the Bridge Community Centre, ISLAND Arts Centre, Lough Moss, Enler Community Centre, Moneyreagh Community Centre, Ballyoran Community Centre and the Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum.
Barbara Porter, Health & Social Wellbeing Improvement Manager, Health & Social Wellbeing Improvement Team (Belfast and South Eastern Area), Public Health Agency added: “It is great to see one of the area’s largest employers taking part in this scheme. The Council, in partnership with the PHA, is encouraging Lisburn Castlereagh businesses to be part of this scheme through the local Invest in Health Profit in Business initiative. Breastfeeding mothers need everybody’s support and local businesses can play a part in improving health by being supportive and welcoming breastfeeding families.”
Local businesses including restaurants, cafes, supermarkets and hairdressers can sign up to this scheme online at www.breastfedbabies.org
Weather Update - Council Parks & Play Parks to Remain Closed Thursday 20th September
September 18, 2018
COUNCIL PARKS AND PLAY PARKS CLOSURES
The vast majority of Council play parks and open spaces have now been reopened to the public.
In the interests of public safety we are continuing to assess storm damage and remove debris so the following closures are still in place:
CLOSURES FRIDAY 21ST SEPTEMBER:
CLOSURES SATURDAY 22ND SEPTEMBER:
The Council apologises for any inconvenience caused but the safety of residents and park users remains paramount.
We will provide further updates on the reopening of these facilities on our social media channels and on our website as information becomes available.
For updates on the latest road closures within the Lisburn & Castlereagh area please visit: http://trafficwatchni.com/emergency-news
An Amber medium likelihood of medium impacts Wind warning has been issued for Northern Ireland valid 08:00 until 17:00 Wednesday 19th September.
The public are reminded to monitor the Met Office forecasts for their area and to be aware of the weather conditions and to heed safety warnings. Please click here for further information.
Members of the public should note the following numbers in case of an emergency:
Flooding Incident Line – 0300 2000 100
Northern Ireland Water Waterline 03457 440 088
Emergency services – 999 or 112
Housing Executive – 03448 920 901
Northern Ireland Electricity Networks – 03457 643 643
NI Gas Emergency Service – 0800 002 001
COUNCIL PARKS TO CLOSE ON WEDNESDAY 19TH SEPT DUE TO WIND WARNING
Due to the amber weather warning for high winds tomorrow (Wednesday 19th September) all Council parks and open spaces will be closed all day on Wednesday, reopening on Thursday.
Members of the public should not enter these parks during these times and avoid open spaces during high winds given the potential danger of falling trees and flying debris.
We would also like to remind residents to secure any outdoor equipment etc that may be at risk of lift during high periods of wind tomorrow.
As we move into tomorrow, arrangements due to the weather, may be subject to change so please check back for any operational updates.
Further information is also available at https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/winds
The Council apologizes for any inconvenience caused but the safety of residents and park users remains paramount.
REFUSE COLLECTIONS IN HIGH WINDS
During high winds, bins and kerbie boxes with a minimal amount of waste can be blown over, especially the mixed dry recyclable bin which contains lighter recycling materials.
The Council recommends that bins and kerbie boxes be brought back in as soon as possible after they have been emptied to avoid them blowing over, causing obstructions on roads or damage to property.
Residents are reminded that should they think their bin/box could be blown over during periods of high wind to consider waiting until the next scheduled collection day or taking their waste to one of the Council’s Household Recycling Centres.
If a resident’s bin or kerbie box does need to be emptied we would advise that they:
• Make sure the bin/box is closed and secure.
• Present your bin on the morning of collection and do not leave out overnight if possible.
• Bring your bin/box in as soon as possible after collection.
Thank you very much for your co-operation.
Home safety advice for students
September 17, 2018
As college and university students prepare for a new academic year, Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is encouraging students to keep safe by being aware of potential hazards in their home or student accommodation.
Being mindful of potential hazards in the home and putting in place some simple home safety measures can make the difference between life and death.
Some of the main hazards in the home and steps to take to reduce their risk include:
Carbon Monoxide is a poisonous gas that has no smell or taste. It is produced when fuels such as gas, oil, coal and wood don’t fully burn. Household appliances that are powered by such fuels include boilers, gas fires, central heating systems, water heaters, cookers and open fires.
Breathing in carbon monoxide can make you unwell and, if you are exposed to high levels, can kill.
Symptoms of carbon monoxide aren’t always obvious, particularly at low-level exposure. The most common symptoms include a tension-type headache; dizziness; nausea and vomiting; tiredness and confusion; stomach pain; and shortness of breath and difficulty breathing.
Ensure your home or student accommodation has a working carbon monoxide alarm in rooms where a fuel burning appliance is located and test the alarm regularly. If you have a gas appliance, make sure to ask your landlord for a gas safety certificate to show that it has been serviced annually.
Smoke alarms should be installed on every level in student homes and should be tested weekly.
Be aware of the dangers of phone chargers. Counterfeit phone chargers can be deadly as they are often made with poor quality components that fail to meet UK safety regulations. Always use the charger supplied with the phone. Never leave your phone to charge overnight as it can potentially cause a fire due to overheating.
Always remember to lock doors and close windows when leaving the house, even if it is only for a few minutes.
For further information or advice on home safety https://www.lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk/resident/environmental-health/consumer-protection/home-safety.
Council welcomes job boost with investment of £500,000 from Mercury Security
September 14, 2018
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council welcomes the news that the local economy is to receive a jobs boost of 90 new jobs with an investment of £500,000 by Mercury Security Management as part of its rebrand and expansions plans.
Alderman William Leathem, Chairman of the Council’s Development Committee, welcoming the news said: “This significant investment by a local independently owned security firm is great news and offers a fantastic boost to the Northern Ireland job market. Mercury Security Management is definitely taking advantage of its strategic location in Lisburn, which is ideally located on the Belfast - Dublin economic corridor. Over the years they have benefited from being based in one of the fastest growing local authorities with one of the lowest rates; and have grown from strength to strength since it formed in 2001.
“The commitment this business has shown to progressively grow its business within our Council area is extremely encouraging. As a Council we work closely with our business sector in promoting economic growth and attracting inward investment so we are encouraged by this latest news. I wish Mercury Security Management every success with its planned expansion to include a new facilities management division and rebrand to Mercury Security & Facilities Management.”
Alderman Stephen Martin added: “It is great to see a local service provider growing in size and securing a number of high value clients including the Almac Group in the neighbouring council area. Congratulations to the management team at Mercury on their latest plans and we look forward to hearing how its new business division performs.”
Make a fresh start at our Health and Wellness Fair
September 13, 2018
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, in partnership with local providers; Child & Adult Therapeutic Services and Hollywood Health, is holding a free two-day Health and Wellness Fair on the 23rd & 24th September at Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn.
The Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin, is keen for people to attend the event and said: “Over two days a wide range of experts and service providers will be under one roof to help you live a healthier lifestyle. The Council is pleased to be hosting the event and it is a great opportunity to explore tools and techniques that are available to benefit your health and wellbeing.”
Speaking at the launch of the fair, Chairman of the Council’s Strategic Community Planning Partnership, Alderman William Leathem said: “I fully understand how difficult it can be to deal with poor health as I have lived with Fibromyalgia and ME for a number of years now, however, I also understand that there are non-medical routes available for healing that really do help. The fair is a great way to get a feel for what is available and what is suitable for you. I am confident that no matter what age or what challenge you face you will find something at our event. Please take some time over the two days to visit and chat to the available experts. This could be the fresh start you have been looking for.”
Rita McAlonan from Child & Adult Therapeutic Services discusses the range of services that will be available at the Fair: “The Island Hall at Lagan Valley Island will be full of Therapists and experts showcasing the most up-to-date technology and practical advice for your health and wellbeing. We are delighted to have guest speakers such as Ralph McCutcheon who has been deeply involved with the progress of Complementary Medicine over the last forty years, along with Therapists from across Northern Ireland who will focus on issues such as dealing with anxiety, loving the body you are in and feeling good through hypnotherapy. Investing in your health pays dividends and this event is the perfect way to find what will benefit you.”
The free Health and Wellness Fair will feature expert talks, workshops, one-to-one consultations and there will also be get the opportunity to purchase health and wellbeing products from local providers. Statutory organisations as well as local healthcare providers will also be present.
The opening times of the Fair are: 1:00pm - 6:00pm on Sunday 23rd September and 10:00am – 7:00pm on Monday 24th September and it will be held in Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn. Entry is free, however any donations received by visitors will go to the Mayor’s Charity, Cancer Fund for Children. There is free parking onsite.
If you are a business or health provider who wishes to exhibit at the event please contact Rita McAlonan from Child & Adult Therapeutic Services on 07789767700 or Email: email@example.com
Good Relations Week 2018: Then, Now.....Next
September 13, 2018
As part of Good Relations Week (Monday 17thSeptember - Sunday 23rd September), Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Good Relations Programme has launched its programme of events for the Council area. The theme this year is ‘Then, Now… Next’.
Good Relations Week is a high profile initiative supporting the ‘Together: Building a United Community’ strategy, which is overseen by The Executive Office.
Alderman Paul Porter, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee, said: “Our Good Relations Programme has a long history of supporting the annual Good Relations Week initiative by hosting a variety of events and workshops to enhance understanding and promote cultural diversity within the Lisburn Castlereagh area. It is great to see a variety ofevents scheduled for across the Council area to mark this very special week in our calendar. I hope that we will have many groups and residents attending these cross-community events.”
“Good Relations Week is the ideal opportunity to celebrate all aspects of our local cultures and heritage. The Council hopes it will inspire new ideas and approaches to break down barriers and increase understanding and engagement between all sections of the community. It also provides a platform for organisations and groups from the community and voluntary sectors to showcase innovative approaches to good relations and working together to build a united community.”
Good Relations Week is coordinated by the Community Relations Council with support from The Executive Office, the Department for Communities, the Department of Justice and other government agencies.
For more information or to reserve a place at any of the planned events, please contact Lynsey Gray, Good Relations Officer on (028) 9244 7713 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Plenty of Pickleball Fun at Pickleball Tournament
September 12, 2018
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Deputy Mayor, Councillor Amanda Grehan recently attended the first Lisburn Autumn Inter-Club Pickleball Tournament at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex, welcoming participants to Lisburn from throughout the UK and Republic of Ireland.
Growing in popularity in recent years, Pickleball was established in the USA sometime during the 1960s as a combination game of tennis, badminton and table tennis.
What initially started as a fun family game, gradually developed into a recognised sport with championship competitions taking place globally.
In 2014, Stephanie Lynas, Chairman of Lisburn Pickleball Club approached Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Sports Services Unit about using courts at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex to host regular sessions. Following two years of casual play, Lisburn Pickleball Club was officially established in 2016 and with the support of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, the Club has gone from strength to strength.
Following the success of last year’s Inter-Club Tournament in Glasgow, Stephanie organised this year’s event to take place in Northern Ireland at the LeisurePlex. A total of 76 participants competed in the tournament with representatives travelling from as far afield as Glasgow, Aberdeen, Wales and Republic of Ireland.
Speaking at the tournament, Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Deputy Mayor, Councillor Amanda Grehan said, “Over the last four years the Council has assisted in the development of the Lisburn Pickleball Club through providing equipment, court time and support and I am delighted to see that the Pickleball community is growing within the Lisburn and Castlereagh area. Stephanie has worked extremely hard over the years in relation to the Club and I commend her on her commitment in bringing something new to Lisburn City, both the sport and this tournament. I look forward to seeing how the Club and Tournament progress in the years to come.
Speaking at the event, Stephanie said, “Pickleball is excellent for keeping fit, both physically and mentally. It is extremely easy to pick up and can be played at any level. There is also a great social side to the sport and I would encourage everyone to give it a go. This year’s tournament at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex has been a massive success and I look forward to next year’s tournament in Yorkshire before welcoming it back hopefully to Lisburn in a few years.
Statement on potential relocation of TECH Europe
September 12, 2018
Alderman William Leathem, Chairman of the Council’s Development Committee is disappointed to hear that local company TECH Europe may be relocating from its sole UK based in Lisburn to Belgium, which would potentially cause 53 job losses in the local area.
Alderman William Leathem said: “Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is deeply concerned about any proposals to relocate local jobs to another country. The Lisburn plant is profitable and delivers a significant percentage of its products across Europe. It will do everything it can to urge TECH Europe to reconsider this part of its major operation review.
"The Council would be keen to work with TECH Europe, its workers and all relevant agencies to look at viable alternatives to relocation, to try and accommodate workers and equip them with important information and support through this uncertain time," said Alderman Leathem.
In order to discuss this Alderman Leathem has requested an urgent meeting with the company on its plans for the local operation.
Council hosts Flag Raising Ceremony to mark Emergency Services Day
September 12, 2018
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council hosted a Flag Raising Ceremony at Lagan Valley Island to mark Emergency Services Day. The Last Post and a 2 minute silence followed the Flag raising to show the Council’s deep appreciation for the variety and type of work carried out by the Emergency Services in the past, the present and the future.
The Flag was a visible sign of the respect in which we hold the men and women who have devoted their careers and lives within the emergency services fields, at home and in other countries.
For more information about Emergency Services Day please visit: www.999day.org.uk.
The Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin raising the 999 Emergency Services Flag.
Pictured with the Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin are Yvonne Craig, NIAS; Jim Rose, Director of Leisure & Community Wellbeing, Andrew Carlisle, Bugler and Elected Members of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council at an Inaugural Flag Raising Ceremony at Lagan Valley Island to mark Emergency Services Day.
M Squared Accountancy makes grand entrance to Lisburn City Centre
September 11, 2018
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council welcomes Melanie Coey and Maurice Smyth, partners of M Squared Accountancy to Smithfield Square.
M Squared Accountancy has gone from strength to strength from their spare rooms in their own residences in Lisburn to utilising the Council’s hot desking facilities in the City Hub and now opening in a revamped office in the heart of the City Centre.
Offering an efficient & affordable service, M Squared Accountancy advises both start up and established companies on a range of accountancy matters including Sole Traders & Partnerships, Limited Company Accounts, Self-Assessment & Corporation Tax, Payroll & Pensions, VAT & Bookkeeping. They are a forward thinking accountancy firm who specialise in Cloud Accounting such as Sage, Xero & QuickBooks. Melanie herself is also a regular speaker on Radio Ulster on topical business issues.
Speaking at the event the partners said: “Having established ourselves in the Council’s shared workspace, ‘Cityhub’ less than a year ago, we are delighted to have gone one step further and opened in newly refurbished premises in Lisburn City Centre. We hope that the people and businesses of this City and beyond will be impressed by the progression we have made in a short space of time and the expert service we have to offer.”
The office was opened in the company of Alderman William Leathem, Chairman of the Council’s Development Committee. Commenting at the event he remarked “M Squared Accountancy is very welcome to our city, and we are delighted that this diverse company has decided to open here. This is another sign that the professional services offering in Lisburn Castlereagh is thriving. I've no doubt the addition of this office tenant will be warmly welcomed by the commercial sector. We wish the company every success and many happy years of trading.
To speak with Melanie or Maurice, please contact:
Melanie 07710 52 61 61 Email email@example.com
Maurice 07718 477 240 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
New self-catering accommodation opens in Lisburn City Centre
September 10, 2018
Following an information evening held by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council to entice prospective accommodation providers in the Lisburn Castlereagh area, a new self-catering accommodation provider has renovated the family home in Lisburn City Centre.
The information evening, run in conjunction with Tourism NI, highlighted the growing need to increase the number of providers in the Council area.
Marion Hull, of Marnie’s Holiday Homes NI, hearing about the information evening got in touch with the Council regarding the opening of her family home. She said: “Coming towards the finish of the renovation I had no idea what I wanted to do with the property except that I knew I always wanted it to stay in the family. As I thought over my ideas, I noticed the local council promoting tourism and the need of holiday accommodation to coincide with the opening of the official residence of the Queen in Northern Ireland - Hillsborough Castle. So being only 2.7 miles down the road on the local bus route I decided this would be the perfect solution.”
Upon receiving Tourism NI approval, Marion continued with her plans and has now opened the one bedroom bungalow as a Self-Catering Accommodation, Rose Cottage.
Alderman William Leathem, Chairman of the Council’s Development Committee, visited Rose Cottage to welcome Marion and officially open the accommodation to the public. He said: “I am delighted that Marion has had the opportunity to utilise her family home with the support of the Council and I hope that, in the future, this will be a beneficial venture. We hope that her example will show others how easy it is to open similar properties and that the Lisburn Castlereagh area will flourish in the accommodation sector, prevailing from the growth in tourism in years to come.”
There is a significant projected growth in the tourism industry in the coming years due to the planned investments by the Council for the Public Realm Scheme in Hillsborough and the reopening and further development of Hillsborough Castle under the new management of Historic Royal Palaces.
Lisburn Bowl launch new restaurant Blaze Grill – Fed by Fire
September 10, 2018
The official launch of Blaze Grill restaurant recently took place. The new addition to Lisburn Bowl has been much anticipated and the opening did not disappoint.
The launch was attended by The Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Uel Mackin along with other local elected members, family and customers. Guests enjoyed a spectacular food and drinks reception with entertainment provided by Mississippi Boombox.
Alderman William Leathem, Chair of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Development Committee attended the event and remarked “We welcome Blaze Grill to our City, we are delighted that this vibrant restaurant has decided to open here. This is another sign that the Lisburn economy is thriving. We wish the company every success and many happy years of trading.”
Chairman of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee, Alderman Paul Porter said, “I would also like to welcome Blaze Grill to Lisburn Bowl. I’m sure it will enhance the already great leisure offer in Lisburn City Centre.”
Operations Manager Aoife Loughran commented, “We are thrilled to present Blaze Grill – Fed by Fire. The new restaurant is a beautiful space to come and enjoy a meal with family and friends. We are very proud of our new venture and it’s not what you would typically expect in a bowling alley or entertainment complex. Blaze Grill offers a more comfortable and stylish experience at prices all the family can afford.”
Aoife continues, “We want people to call in and see the beautiful furnishings, enjoy dinner, cocktails, wine or a beer, or simply have some fantastic cake and coffee. Customers don’t have to go bowling in order to be able to dine at Blaze Grill. The restaurant has its own entrance so whilst we welcome visitors to the centre, bowling isn’t a must.”
Blaze Grill is located at Lisburn Bowl, Lisburn Leisure Park and is open 7 days a week from 12 noon daily offering a range of foods to suit all.
Sir Richard Wallace Souvenir Newspaper Launched
September 6, 2018
The first visit of Sir Richard Wallace (1818-90) to Lisburn in 1873 is marked in a new souvenir edition of Lisburn Yarns published by the Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum. The limited edition free newspaper can be picked up in the museum, open Monday to Saturday 9.30-5pm, as part of its hugely popular Sir Richard Wallace Exhibition, or online.
Chair of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Leisure and Community Development Committee, Alderman Paul Porter, officially launched the newspaper in the Council’s museum.
Alderman Porter said: “as a world-famous benefactor and art collector there was great excitement in Lisburn at news of Sir Richard Wallace’s first visit in 1873. Thousands turned out on the streets to greet the new landlord. Sir Richard Wallace has left a rich legacy in Lisburn and the surrounding area, and in publishing this souvenir newspaper we want to mark the importance of his first visit to the town.”
For more information on The Sir Richard Wallace Exhibition visit: http://www.lisburnmuseum.com/Wallace
Mon-Sat, 9.30pm-5pm. Free Admission.
An Empty Chair to Symbolise Lost Lives in the Great War
September 6, 2018
On behalf of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council the Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum will mark Ireland’s contribution to the Great War by collaborating in a special project with In Flanders Fields Museum, Ypres, Belgium. The museum was specially invited to donate a chair from its collection to sit alongside chairs from 120 other nations who lost men and women in Belgium during the Great War (1914-18) in a major art installation in Ypres. As part of the centenary of the Armistice, or the end of the war, in November 2018 the chairs will be installed in Astrid Park, in the shadow of Ypres famous cloth hall, as part of lantern-lit vigil in memory of the war dead.
Alderman Paul Porter, Chair of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Leisure and Community Development Committee, commented that “it was a privilege that Lisburn should be chosen to represent the nearly 50,000 individuals from across the island of Ireland who lost their lives in the Great War.” In thanking the museum for its work over the last four years in telling the story of Lisburn and the First World War through its exhibition and education programme, Chairman Porter added that “the war had a huge impact on Lisburn, with nearly 1,000 men and women perishing in the conflict” and “it was important that their sacrifice was remembered.”
Raymond Corbett, President of the Lisburn Branch of the British Legion, commented that it was “wonderful to see a simple chair from Lisburn included in this international display in Ypres.”
‘Memorial Chairs’ is on display in Ypres until 11th November 2018. To learn more about Lisburn and the Great War visit the Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum’s hugely popular WWI exhibition. For details visit https://www.lisburnmuseum.com
Autumn Craft in the City comes to Lisburn - Saturday 15th September
September 6, 2018
Northern Ireland’s favourite shopping event, Frock Around The Clock, will be returning to the City of Lisburn for its Autumn Craft In The City extravaganza on Saturday 15th September, supported by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council.
Featuring around 35 stalls of fashion accessories, homewares and collectables, textiles and décor, jewellery, sweet treats, art, craft, gifts, health & beauty products, and so much more. An amazing array of vintage, handmade, upcycled and holistic loveliness awaits – all in the heart of Lisburn City Centre.
Alderman Allan Ewart MBE, Vice Chairman of the Council’s Development Committee said, ‘This has become a really popular market in Market Square. Whether you are in search of stunning fashion accessories, authentic vintage treasures, beautiful and original handcrafted designs, or delicious edible goodies, this event has it all. It is the perfect place to find unique gifts, and gorgeous things for you, your family and your home right in the heart of the City. While visitors are at the market they will be able to enjoy the other attractions the City Centre has to offer.’
The impressive exhibitor list will include Norma Jean Vintage, offering a fabulous selection of vintage collectables and fine jewellery, Tandem Photography, creators of stunning mounted photographic prints of Irish landscapes & 'Abandoned Ireland', Triple Spiral Therapy, purveyor of handmade aromatherapy cosmetics, candles and essential oils, Indulgence, specialists in scrumptious home baked goods and sweet treats, 79 Stitches, creators of stylish handmade clothing and fashion accessories, Trouve en France, selling high quality vintage china and items of interest handpicked in France, Renu Design Studio, creator of upcycled furniture, reclaimed wood maps and paintings, handmade home decor and gifts, and The Pretty Curious Design Studio offering beautiful, limited-edition eclectic jewellery, cards, tote bags and quirky prints.
Autumn Craft In The City will take place from 12 - 5pm on Saturday 15th September 2018 at Market Square (in front of the Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum), Lisburn BT28 1AG. Admission is Free.
More information on the event can be found at frockfairsni.com and on facebook.com/frockaroundtheclockfairs.
Council Opens Its First Dog Exercise Area
September 5, 2018
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is pleased to announce the opening of its first dog exercise area, which is located at the Billy Neill playing fields, Dundonald.
Alderman Paul Porter, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee, speaking about the new dog exercise area, said: “The Council offers a number of parks and open spaces for its residents to exercise and socialise in. The health and sociability of our four legged residents is just as important and dog owners and dog walkers can let their dogs off the lead in this dedicated fenced area at Billy Neill.
“We hope that this new area will be well utilised by dog walkers and we will monitor its use. If it is successful, then over time we may add similar dog exercise areas in other green spaces across Lisburn Castlereagh and will keep its residents informed of these plans.”
Dog exercise areas are not just for dogs. They also provide the opportunity for conversations to start between dog owners as dogs are natural icebreakers and give their owners confidence to talk to new people.
Councillor Janet Gray MBE, Chair of the Council’s Environment Services Committee added: “The Council expects the users of this dog exercise area to self-police in terms of cleaning up after their dog and ensuring their dog is comfortable socialising off-lead with other dogs before allowing it to use this facility.
“This new exercise area allows local dog owners and dog walkers to comply with existing dog control legislation and ensure their pet gets exercised safely off the lead out of the way of vehicles whilst also assisting in reducing the level of dog foul left on the sports pitches by some irresponsible dog walkers.”
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council hopes that the addition of dedicated dog exercise areas to its facilities will be welcomed by the local community.
Road Junction Improvements agreed as part of Housing Planning Approval
September 5, 2018
At the September meeting of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Planning Committee, it was unanimously agreed to grant planning permission to 297 dwellings, comprising of mixed house types, landscaping, parking and associated site and access works at Brokerstown Village, as part of phase 2 of LD1: Lands to the North of Woodbrook Glen and Alder Way, Lisburn.
Speaking after the decision, Chairman of the LD1 Brokerstown Lands Cross Party Steering Group, Alderman William Leathem, said that he noted the planning decision, welcoming the commitment made to road improvements along the Ballinderry, Knockmore and Prince William junctions which must be made before any new homes are occupied.
“This new housing development will not only provide much needed new quality and sustainable homes for Lisburn, including a play area and designed green open spaces, but also will ensure the completion of outstanding works at Woodbrook along the Brokerstown Road, as well as ensuring that road junction improvements will now be undertaken as soon as possible, with priority being given to the Ballinderry Road and Knockmore Road junction.
“The Council through its Steering Group has been working hard with all relevant developers, the community and the Department For Infrastructure to resolve the road issues in this part of North Lisburn. A number of conditions on the major planning approval will ensure that key road improvements are delivered before any further occupancy of new homes.
“These improvements are expected to be completed within the next 12 months and I am very pleased that progress is finally being made on this very important issue,” said Alderman Leathem.
Vice Chair of the Steering Group, Councillor Amanda Grehan, also welcomed the developer’s commitment to addressing the community’s long-standing concerns. “ I am confident having heard the developer’s submission that, at last, we will get the much anticipated and long-campaigned for progress in and around the Brokerstown developments,” said Councillor Grehan.
Lagan Homes are delighted with the approval of the 2014 Reserved Matters application for the Brokerstown Development. The approval of this application allows for the commencement of the long awaited junction improvements and work will commence simultaneously on the first junction improvement at the Ballinderry Road/Knockmore junction.
As part of the overall Brokerstown development all the developers would like to thank the efforts of local Councillors, the Steering Group, the MP and MLAs in working with both Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council and Road Service in resolving a number of long standing issues.
The developers will be working closely with Road Service around the sequencing and timing of infrastructure works in order to limit disturbance to normal traffic patterns in and around Lisburn whilst these improvements are put in place. We look forward to opening up this site which will employ around 100 people over the next 8 years.
Bin Collections Affected By Parked Cars
September 4, 2018
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council would like to remind commuters and residents to be considerate when they park their cars in streets across the Lisburn Castlereagh area.
There are a number of streets across the area that the Council’s refuse collection vehicles have trouble accessing to empty residents bins due to cars parked on both sides of the road.
Councillor Janet Gray MBE, Chair of the Council’s Environmental Services Committee speaking about the problem said: “Parked cars can affect the ability of refuse collection vehicles getting along streets and around developments. If we are unable to access an area on the given collection day we will endeavour to return the following day to collect any missed bins. However, should access still be blocked we may not be able to empty the bin until the next scheduled collection day.
“We appreciate that people do need to make use of on street parking which can sometimes be due to on-property parking not being available, to be close to a train station or to a place of work. The Council is asking that you park responsibly and don’t block access which prohibits refuse vehicles accessing the area. It is usually obvious by the presence of bins in the area that it is the planned day for collection so please check before leaving your vehicle and ensure you park to allow as much space as possible on the road to allow our vehicle to access the bins.”
Alderman James Tinsley, Vice-Chair of the Environmental Services Committee added: “The Council has scheduled bin collection routes and is aware of those areas that are repeatedly causing problems due to access issues. If car owners can be considerate of others when parking that would help to assist with this matter and ensure we can empty bins on the scheduled days.
“The Council does work with the Department for Infrastructure and other utility providers to ensure planned works in the area do not interrupt services however should there be planned works by other contractors they should notify the Council in advance to allow it to make arrangements to temporarily amend the collection route to accommodate the planned works and collect our residents’ bins.”
Council fly the Red Ensign on Merchant Navy Day
September 3, 2018
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council hosted a Flag Raising Ceremony at Lagan Valley Island to commemorate Merchant Navy Day on 3rd September.
The Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin, was joined by Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP, along with Elected Members and Officers of the Council in raising the Red Ensign, the United Kingdom’s Merchant Navy’s Official Flag.
Since 2000, Merchant Navy Day has been celebrated on 3rd September to recognise the invaluable contribution of the Merchant Navy during both World Wars.
Merchant Navy Day also pays homage to the vital modern role of these seafarers transporting supplies from across the world to our home shores. Approximately 95% of the United Kingdom imports, including fuel and half the food consumed arrives in the United Kingdom courtesy of the efforts of the Merchant Navy.
During the Ceremony the Mayor paid tribute to the brave men and women of the Merchant Navy and Sir Jeffrey read the Official Message, on behalf of His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex.
The Flag raising was followed by a 1 minute silence.
“I am proud that Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is one of 600 councils across the United Kingdom helping to raise awareness of our ongoing dependence on, and gratitude to the Merchant Navy seafarers. It is a privilege to host this ceremony each year and to say thank you for your continued service,” said Councillor Mackin.
EU Project Launched to Increase Uptake in Apprenticeships
August 31, 2018
The launch of the Erasmus+ Regional Apprenticeship Alliance took place today (31st August) at Lagan Valley Island and was attended by representatives from local small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs), education, vocational and training providers.
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council was delighted to lead this 48,000 euro project, which after two years has created a valuable online toolkit to assist local employers recruit their first apprentice.
It is expected that more than 370 SMEs across Europe will play an active role in this project and gain a greater knowledge of contemporary apprenticeship programmes.
Alderman William Leathem, Chairman of the Council’s Development Committee, speaking about the project, said: “This online apprenticeship programme has been designed by nine partners from eight EU countries to better promote the advantages of SMEs taking on apprenticeship employees such as increased productivity and improved competitiveness in the marketplace. The online course will also encourage companies to work with training organisations to increase the skills base of their workforce, nurture new talent and in turn increase their potential for sustained expansion”
“The Council is committed to supporting local SMEs and through this project we can ensure that they are aware of how apprentices can assist them with start-up, innovation or growth problems. All the partners of this project hope that both traditional and non-traditional sectors will utilise apprenticeships and that we will see an increase in ‘on the job training’ opportunities in the Lisburn Castlereagh area, Northern Ireland and Europe,” concluded Alderman Leathem.
Devised as part of this project the ‘Regional Alliance Online Toolkit’ is suitable for use by SMEs, training and intermediary organisations. This online course highlights the advantage of taking on an apprentice and provides advice on planning, recruitment, employment and training of an apprentice.
All resources relating to the project are online at www.apprenticeshipalliances.eu and are free to use.
Council Supports National Anti-Litter Campaign
August 30, 2018
Lisburn & Castleregh City Council is pleased to be part of the new national Live Here Love Here anti-littering campaign.
The campaign features a litter-loathing puppet who pops up out of nowhere giving litter louts a proper puppet telling off in true Northern Ireland style.
Councillor Janet Gray MBE, Chair of the Council’s Environmental Services Committee, speaking about the campaign, said: “The organisers of the campaign hope that the straight talking puppet will get through to those members of the public who continue to litter the streets of Northern Ireland. We want everyone to have civic pride in their area and encourage a community can-do attitude.
“The Council has a comprehensive street cleansing programme across the Lisburn Castlereagh area, and yet there are still parts that people believe it is acceptable to drop their litter in. This is a bad social habit and the Council hopes that this new campaign will cause people to think twice about dropping litter and to always use a bin for their rubbish.”
95% of streets and public spaces surveyed in Northern Ireland have at least some litter on them. Last year, over 141 tonnes of waste was collected, costing the public purse £45.5m a year on street cleansing.
Alderman James Tinsley, Vice-Chair of the Council’s Environmental Services Committee added: “Littering continues to be a problem on our streets, in our parks and open spaces. The Council is very proud of its area and the majority of residents take pride in their local community; and we hope that the litter-loathing puppet in this campaign will have a positive effect and reduce litter in the Lisburn Castlereagh area.”
This national anti-littering campaign, led by Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, is being supported by 10 local councils, the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs; Choice Housing; Northern Ireland Housing Executive; Coca-Cola and McDonald’s. The campaign will include TV, social media, billboard and radio advertising.
For more information visit www.liveherelovehere.org
The Council Champions Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme
August 28, 2018
The Council is pleased to announce that hundreds of businesses and homes across the Lisburn Castlereagh area are set to benefit from faster internet connections, following the launch of the UK Government’s nationwide £67m Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme.
The vouchers, worth up to £3,000 for a small or medium sized business and £500 for a local resident, provide a one-off contribution towards the cost of installation of gigabit-capable infrastructure.
Alderman William Leathem, Chair of the Council’s Development Committee is backing the initiative: “The Council is fully aware of the connection and line capacity problems limiting some of its residents and local businesses. It believes the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme will play a key role in enhancing broadband speed locally, making businesses more competitive, and improving the overall experience for domestic users. 95% of the UK already has access to superfast speeds (24Mbps or faster), but these vouchers could help those without access to this, narrowing the digital gap further.”
Full fibre connections are faster, more reliable and cheaper to operate than traditional copper lines, and are capable of supporting not only gigabit, but terabit, which will serve the UK far into the future.
The scheme forms part of the Government’s pledge to make full fibre broadband accessible to at least 10 million homes and businesses by 2022, having already assigned £200m to the Local Full Fibre Networks (LFFN) programme.
The UK Government scheme will run until March 2021 or until all available funding has been allocated. The scheme is only accessible through broadband service providers, so if you are interested in receiving a voucher, please check out the following website: https://gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk/
Sports Personality of the Month Winners Announced
August 28, 2018
Sports Lisburn & Castlereagh is celebrating local sporting talent following the announcement of Sports Personality of the Month for the summer 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.
This round of winners included Olivia Bell who secured the Under 11 Taekwondo Silver medal in the Junior Commonwealth Games, Ben Hayward who placed Gold in the Badminton event at the Special Olympics Ireland Games and finally Christine Duncan who has recently been crowned European Champion in Pickleball.
Chairman of Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh, Jimmy Walker said, “I appreciate that any sporting achievement is the result of hard work, training and dedication and I am delighted that we can acknowledge the achievements of local athletes through our Sports Personality Award. These young people are a true inspiration to others who are striving to progress in their chosen sport and I would like to extend my congratulations to them all.
“Finally I would like to thank Decathlon for their continuous support and for kindly sponsoring the initiative. I would warmly invite other clubs to make the time to nominate an individual who has excelled in their sport.”
Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh is a local sports committee comprised of representatives from local sports clubs within the council area and is financially assisted by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council.
Duck Derby is a Quacking Success
August 28, 2018
To mark the end of the summer holidays, local children have enjoyed a quaking good time by taking part in the much anticipated Duck Derby at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex.
Children who attended the annual summer scheme had the opportunity to purchase and name a ‘lucky duck’ ahead of the big race, with proceeds for the event raising vital funds for the Mayor’s charity, Cancer Fund for Children.
Over 200 ducks made a splash along the facility’s Lazy River, all striving to clinch a coveted podium place. Jasmine Ashwood’s duck called ‘Ducky’ proved to be the luckiest duck as it swam towards the finishing line in a record time to claim Gold. Second place was clinched by ‘Jimmy Joe’ owned by Charlie Gourley while ‘Max’ owned by Max Blakely took 3rd place with one ‘duck length’ separating the pair.
The Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Uel Mackin was delighted to officiate the start of the race. He said, “The Duck Derby is an exciting end to the summer scheme programme and it was fantastic to see so many children get involved with such fun and enthusiasm. I would like to thank all the staff who were involved in this year’s summer schemes and organising the Duck Derby as well as all the children who bought a duck and helped raise funds for my Mayoral charity.
“The Council has enjoyed another successful year of summer scheme programmes with more and more children taking part in a range of activities at venues across Lisburn & Castlereagh. The summer activity schemes not only offer essential support to parents throughout the school holidays but it also gives children the opportunity to make new friendship or try a new sport or activity, which helps develop their social skills and levels of physical activity.
“I hope the children enjoyed the Duck Derby and look forward to participating in future schemes across the Council area,” concluded Councillor Mackin.
Launch of Erasmus+ Mainstreaming Student Entrepreneurship Project
August 28, 2018
The launch of the Erasmus+ ‘Mainstreaming Student Entrepreneurship’ MASTER project took place at Lagan Valley Island (24 August 2018) with guests from Young Enterprise NI, vocational, education and training providers from across Northern Ireland, enterprise partners and local entrepreneurs.
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council led the European funded project, worth 220,000 euros, which has produced a Student Entrepreneurship Toolkit and other resources that are now available on an open platform for anyone to implement.
Speaking at the launch, Chairman of the Council’s Development Committee, Alderman William Leathem, said: “This is the first Erasmus+ funded project for the Council and I am delighted with the results. Aimed at promoting an entrepreneurial mind set for students aged 16 and 24 this launch is the culmination of two years hard work. All the practical tools which have been produced are evidence of what can be achieved through a real partnership approach. Investing in our young people, instilling an entrepreneurial spirit and nurturing their ambition will pay dividends and I am delighted that the council has led on such a beneficial project.”
The Erasmus+ ‘Mainstreaming Student Entrepreneurship’ MASTER project has developed four main resources; a Needs and Opportunities Analysis stating the case for an integrated, cross sector approach to student entrepreneurship education; a guide to creating such an approach between organisations within the Vocational, Education and Training sectors; a Student Entrepreneurship Support Toolkit and a project website to ensure long term exploitation of the projects’ results, information and teaching resources.
Alderman Leathem added: “I would like to acknowledge the other partners in the project and especially Young Enterprise NI who facilitated the delivery of the pilot exercises in local schools. The valuable lessons that have been learnt from this project will make a significant impact on local education and training providers who are now tasked with driving forward an entrepreneurial spirit in our young people and cultivating entrepreneurial competence in all students. This in turn will benefit the local economy regardless of the career path they choose.”
All resources relating to the project are available at: www.studentstartup.how
Partner organisations included Technical Education Copenhagen, Roscommon Leader Partnership, Feltech Software Innovations Ltd, Inqubator Leeuwarden, CEBANC and the European Forum of Technical and Vocational Education and Training.
Assets Recovery Community Scheme Funding
August 24, 2018
Lisburn & Castlereagh Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) in partnership with local police is pleased to announce the launch of Assets Recovery Community Scheme (ARCS) funding which is managed by the Department of Justice (DOJ).
The DOJ is inviting public sector bodies, voluntary and community sector organisations to bid for a share of a £700,000 fund made available from recovered criminal assets to help in crime prevention or help reduce the fear of crime in the community. The 2018/2019 ARCS which is currently open will result in the total amount of criminal assets distributed to the community reaching a total of £5 million since the scheme began in 2012.
Announcing the ARCS funding opportunity, Lisburn & Castlereagh PCSP Chairman, Councillor Aaron McIntyre said: “Law enforcement agencies are continually improving their efforts to identify and confiscate profits and assets gained through illegal activity such as drug dealing, benefit and tax fraud and money laundering which are criminal profits that might contribute to further harm in communities if no action was taken. I would encourage all voluntary and community sector organisations to consider submitting an application for funding which allows monies received from confiscation orders to be invested into projects tackling crime in communities across Northern Ireland. Applicants applying for funding must clearly demonstrate how they will directly benefit victims, communities or the environment.”
Commenting on the funding opportunity, Chief Inspector Jonathan Wilson said, “The Assets Recovery Community Scheme provides an opportunity for good causes to benefit from money taken from the hands of criminals. The funding can be used for a range of initiatives that will benefit local people and build confidence and pride in communities. I would encourage community groups, charity organisations and community-spirited individuals to apply and use these ill-gotten gains for good.”
Applications are invited from innovative and transformational justice initiatives. Funding will be available for short-term projects and also longer, strategic interventions up to a maximum of three years. Further information on the scheme is available at www.justice-ni.gov.uk/articles/assets-recovery-community-scheme
These applications must be supported by a project supervisor such as DOJ Directorates, Police Service of Northern Ireland, Northern Prison Service, Probation Board of Northern Ireland, PCSPs, Northern Ireland Environment Agency and the Education Authority.
Applications for the 2018/19 scheme close on Monday 3 September 2018
One Path to a Magical Greenway For All
August 24, 2018
Whether you use them to go for a run, walk the dog, push the buggy or cycle, greenways are shared paths for all.
As part of the Living the Greenways weekend in east Belfast, Sustrans is hosting a One Path Festival along the Comber Greenway to celebrate this wonderful community asset.
The Festival is in two parts – evening of Friday 14 Sept and Sunday 16 Sept from 1-4pm.
The seven-mile stretch of shared path from C.S Lewis Square to Comber playing fields will be animated with a range of family fun activities from arts and crafts, busking, nature trails and led walks and cycles.
There will be a range of activities right along the Comber Greenway including a family-focused community event adjacent to The Halt within the Billy Neill site. This event, hosted by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, will see street performers, busking, dog agility, biodiversity activities and the PSNI Community Police will be on hand to offer cycling safety advice. It will run from 1pm to 4pm on Sunday 16 September.
The Festival is the culmination of the One Path Initiative’s summer of engagement activities promoting the ‘Share, Respect, Enjoy’ principles to reduce conflict between different path users.
The One Path Initiative was developed by Sustrans in partnership with the Department for Infrastructure (DfI), which owns the Comber Greenway, and the three Councils it traverses: Ards and North Down; Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council; and Belfast City Council. The Festival is funded through the Initiative with additional funding from the Public Health Agency.
Rachael Ludlow-Williams from Sustrans said: “As greenways grow in popularity there is inevitably tension between different users. Through the One Path Initiative we have engaged with the public to raise awareness and promote respect for all users so that we can all enjoy the path. We’ve been able to do this through talking and listening to people on the path and fun activities such as the One Path Festival which will be the highlight of the year. So however you use the path come along and enjoy the events and help us all celebrate this fantastic greenway.”
Chairman of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee, Alderman Paul Porter, said: “This festival will showcase the Comber Greenway and the many features along the way. The cycle hub at the Billy Neill Halt is a valuable asset to the greenway with the cycle hub providing a repair centre and access to a portable defibrillator. The Council is pleased to support the ‘Living in the Greenways’ weekend which I hope will raise awareness of this great facility.”
David Tumilty, Health and Social Wellbeing Improvement Manager at the Public Health Agency, said: “Our Greenways are a fantastic way for everyone to get more active and provide opportunities for children and adults to incorporate walking and cycling into their everyday lives, whether for active travel, recreation or health.
“The One Path Festival will highlight how everyone can enjoy the Greenways together and, with many adults and children not taking the recommended amounts of physical activity, using the safe space of a Greenway can help put people on the path to better health.”
Raymond McCullough from the Department for Infrastructure said: “This festival provides a great opportunity to see the Comber Greenway in an entirely positive light and we are very keen to promote the One Path message to those who use the greenway and those who live near to it and could use it. I hope that the festival will also help us to recognise that the Greenway offers a better and more healthy option for travelling to work, appointments, shops or school by foot or bike.
Friday 14 Sept: Led walk and history tour of Comber Greenway
Sun 16 Sept: Billy Neill Playing Fields: Family festival including music, dog agility, NI Orienteering, ice-cream & refreshments
North Road Bridge: Graffiti art and music
Barnett’s Road: Fruit bush planting by Conservation Volunteers
Tullycarnet: mobility bikes; refreshments
Comber Road: Chestnut tree planting
Ballybeen: Bling your bike, football, refreshments
And lots more activities along the route so come on your bikes, scoot or walk.
For more information on the One Path Festival go to https://www.sustrans.org.uk/onepath
Council Marks 125 Years of the Girls' Brigade
August 24, 2018
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council was pleased to create a commemorative flowerbed at Hillsborough, to mark the 125th Anniversary of the Girls’ Brigade (GB) Northern Ireland.
Alderman Paul Porter, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee met Myla, Ellie and Rosie from Dundonald Presbyterian GB at the new flowerbed, which is made of over 7,500 plants.
Alderman Paul Porter said: “It was lovely to meet local members of the Girls’ Brigade at the fabulous flowerbed of the GB badge that has been planted to mark the 125th Anniversary of this uniformed youth organisation. Our young people are a very important part of our future and I welcome the excellent work that this organisation carries out, helping shape our young people, encouraging them to be responsible adults in terms of developing their communication, social and team-working skills along with their confidence, co-ordination, respect for others and life skills. With all the pressures of modern society on young people, these skills have never before been so important.
“The Council is keen to ensure that Hillsborough, which is entered in this year’s Britain in Bloom competition, looks as good as possible. The Council’s gardening teams’ produce award winning floral displays; and we are delighted that their talent is showcasing such a significant anniversary for the GB at this beautifully depicted badge on the roundabout flowerbed in Hillsborough. I would like to thank the gardening team that worked painstakingly on this floral creation which will bring wider recognition to the GB in its 125th year,” Alderman Porter concluded.
Girls’ Brigade Northern Ireland is the largest youth organisation in Northern Ireland, reaching thousands of girls between the ages of 3 and 18. The former Lisburn City Council awarded the Freedom of the City to the GB in 2014 along with other uniformed youth organisations.
Council to be part of 'Thank You' initiative
August 24, 2018
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council will fly the Union Flag at its Civic Headquarters in Lisburn for 100 days until Armistice Day in support of The Royal British Legion’s ‘Thank You’ initiative.
This year marks the centenary of the end of the First World War; and on Sunday 11th November many people around the Commonwealth will reflect on the lives that were changed forever in the world’s first truly global war and remember those lives that were lost in battle.
The Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin, speaking about the initiative, said: “The Council is very proud of the military history of its area and it will fly the Union Flag for 100 days from 4th August in recognition of the centenary of the end of the First World War. Annually the Council holds Remembrance Services at its War Memorials in Lisburn & Hillsborough on Remembrance Sunday. Local communities also arrange services at other war memorials the Council maintains within the Lisburn Castlereagh area.
“This year Remembrance Sunday will mark the centenary of the end of the First World War; and the Council will fly the Union Flag at Lagan Valley Island until dusk on the 11th November. It is poignant that 100 years on we take the opportunity to acknowledge and remember those who lost their lives, those who played their part on the home front and those who returned home to build a better life for the benefit of future generations.”
Alderman James Tinsley, Chair of the Council’s First World War Working Group, added: “During the First World War 21 million were wounded, 8.5 million were killed and 7.7 million were taken as prisoners of war out of the 65 million men mobilised across Europe during the War. It is hard to comprehend the scale of this tragedy and this number and does not even include the civilians who were also part of the home front movement or caught in localised battles.
“All of their lives and those of their families were changed forever by the events of 1914-1918; and as a result of their victory we now live in a better world with rights and freedoms gained for women, nations and workers. This is why the Council is honoured to have the opportunity to remember them all over this 100 day period.”
Mayor Congratulates Local Pupils on Their GCSE Results
August 23, 2018
The Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin would like to congratulate all local pupils on their recent GCSE results.
Speaking about results day, the Mayor said: “For many young people and their parents results day is met with both apprehension and excitement. As pupils headed to one of the local post primary schools today to get their GCSE results and meet with friends, teachers were present to offer congratulations, support and guidance.
“The high calibre of results achieved today is testament to the quality of education provided by schools in the Lisburn Castlereagh area. To our pupils I would say your GCSEs are your second examination milestone, after your transfer test, and offer you a number of opportunities.
“You can return to school and do your AS and A Levels, you can enrol in a course at the local college or go straight into employment. Results Day marks the start of your journey to fulfil your dreams, irrespective of the grades obtained today, and I wish each of you every success on your journey.
“I would also thank the principals, teachers and the local post primary schools for all the help and assistance they have provided the pupils with over the last two years; and I am confident that each young person will have positive memories of studying for their GCSEs.”
Foodies and Families gather to enjoy local artisan food and drink at 4th annual Speciality Food Fair
August 21, 2018
Over 7,500 members of the public flocked to Moira Demesne on Saturday 18th August to support local traders in this year’s Speciality Food Fair hosted by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council and supported by the Northern Ireland Regional Food Programme. Foodies from across the country and beyond spent the day enjoying the many diverse foods and flavours on offer from some of Northern Ireland’s finest artisan producers including Abernethy Butter, Ke Nako Biltong, Krazi Baker, Harnett’s Oils, Burren Balsamics, Ruby Blue Liqueurs, Crumbs Vegan Bakery and Ballyriff Buffalo, among many others.
In addition to the fabulous choice of food and drink on offer at the event, the Speciality Food Fair offered plenty of attractions to satisfy the whole family including interactive children’s nature workshops and Kitchen Sessions with local chefs Danni Barry, Chris McGowan, Stephen Jeffers and Northern Ireland’s own celebrity chef Paula McIntyre, MBE. The event also showcased fantastic masterclasses by local craft cider and cocktails experts, as well as a wide range of street foods to cater for every palate.
Speaking about the event, the Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Uel Mackin, said, “There is strong base of high quality local food and drink producers in our council area and indeed Northern Ireland as a whole, and the Speciality Food Fair is a great platform for these producers to showcase their goods and interact directly with their customers. Food festivals have become increasingly popular over the last number of years and I am pleased that the council hosts a number of these events that see all the family enjoy a great day out.”
Reflecting on the growth of the Speciality Food Fair, now in its 4th year, Alderman William Leathem, Chairman of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Development Committee said, “We are delighted that the Speciality Food Fair has continued to grow in popularity over its first four years at Moira Demesne. It is a key annual date on the summer calendar for Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council and it’s great to see so many people from the local community and beyond turn out to support local producers. As always, the food, entertainment and overall atmosphere of the Food Fair was first class and enjoyed by all who took advantage of this free event.”
Statement of sympathy on the death of Jimmy McIlroy
August 21, 2018
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is deeply saddened to hear of the death of one of its local sporting legends Jimmy McIlroy.
On behalf of the Council, the Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin expressed his sympathy on the death of Jimmy McIlroy at the age of 86.
He said: “We are extremely saddened to hear the news that Jimmy McIlroy has passed away. Jimmy was born in Lambeg and had an outstanding football career playing for Glentoran, Burnley, Stoke, Oldham Athletic and Northern Ireland over the years. He was known affectionately as the ‘prince of inside forwards’ and is listed among the Twentieth Century`s top 100 footballers of the world.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Jimmy’s family and friends at this very difficult time. We send our deepest sympathies to the McIlroy family as they come to terms with the loss of their loved one.”
Alderman Paul Porter, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee, added: “Jimmy was nominated as one of the Council’s local ‘Legends of Sport’ at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex in 2000 when the building opened; and the Council is very proud of all this local man achieved in his lifetime. In 2005, the Council officially opened McIlroy Park at Ballyskeagh in honour of Jimmy and his contribution to football. It was proud to have Jimmy and his family attend the opening of this riverside park.
“The former Lisburn City Council was delighted to congratulate Jimmy on being awarded the Freedom of the Borough of Burnley by Burnley Council in 2008. Then in 2011, Jimmy was awarded an MBE for his services to football and charity. The local community is very proud of Jimmy’s achievements including being capped 55 times for Northern Ireland, scoring 10 international goals between 1951 and 1962.”
Jimmy McIlroy was part of the Northern Ireland World Cup squad in Sweden in 1958 that famously reached the Quarter Final stage of the competition.
Celebrations and Glory at Hillsborough Boys Festival of Football
August 14, 2018
Lagan Valley LeisurePlex was once again the host venue for Hillsborough Boys Junior Football Club’s annual summer Festival of Football event, on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th August.
The Hillsborough Boys Committee, along with volunteers and assistance from the Lisburn League Referees, accommodated over 850 boys and girls across 90 teams throughout the two day event. Teams came from all over Northern Ireland to take part including St Oliver Plunkett Football Club, and Don Boscos Football Club, along with local clubs Lisburn Rovers and Lower Maze to name but a few, as well as an appearance from Shelbourne Academy, from Dublin.
Children aged 5 to 11 years old participated in the event, with those aged 8 to 11 years old competing for numerous trophies in 7-a-side and 9-a-side mini tournaments.
In the Grass 9-a-side U12 section, the trophy was awarded to St. Oliver Plunkett with Oliver Plunkett Colts picking up the Shield and the Plate going to Ballynahinch Youth.
First place in the U10 section 7-a-side went to Hillsborough Juniors with Oliver Plunkett taking home the Shield and Hillsborough Colts leaving with the Plate.
Linfield Girls won the U10 7-a-side Development Cup, Hillsborough Jets took him the Development Shield and Hillsborough 2010’s left with the Development Plate
Those under the age of eight participated in a series of non-competitive five-a-side development days to enhance and grow their skills.
Speaking at the event, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee, Alderman Paul Porter said, “The Festival of Football is a tremendous event and each year requires a vast amount of organisation, hard work and dedication from Hillsborough Boys Junior Football Club, the Committee, volunteers, and all those involved who make the Festival the success it is.
“Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Sports Services Unit strives to encourage residents of all ages, to get active and stay active in their local area. The Festival of Football is a great event that involves Clubs competing against each other, as well as promoting cross community partnerships and relations.
“Year on year, the Festival goes from strength to strength and I look forward to seeing it continue to grow and flourish in the years to come”, added Alderman Paul Porter.
Linfield Girls after they won the U10 7-a-side Development Cup at the Hillsborough Boys Festival of Football at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex
Chairman of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee, Alderman Paul Porter with St. Oliver Plunkett who took home the trophy in the 9-a-side U12 Final at the Hillsborough Boys Festival of Football at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex.
Hillsborough Juniors celebrating their win in the U10 7-a-side match at the Hillsborough Boys Festival of Football at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex.
Council Extends its Street Sweeping Fleet
August 14, 2018
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council has received £70,000 funding from the Department for Communities (DfC) towards the purchase of a new street sweeper to assist in the provision of a higher standard and quality of cleansing to its public realm areas.
The HAKO Citymaster 2200 is specifically designed to provide a deep clean and assist with the challenge of chewing gum removal and will be used as part of the Council’s scheduled maintenance programme of the public realm areas within the Lisburn Castlereagh area.
Alderman James Tinsley, Vice-Chair of the Council’s Environmental Services Committee, speaking about the extension to the Council’s street cleansing programme, said: “The Council is very keen to ensure that the public realm areas within Lisburn Castlereagh are thoroughly cleaned on a regular basis. The investment in this new street sweeper by DfC and the Council will allow us to provide a deep clean of areas as part of our scheduled maintenance programme.
“This new sweeper will offer a cost saving for deep cleaning challenging debris on the streets compared to the current method of cleansing. Whilst the Council has this new technology it would like to remind residents to responsibly dispose of their chewing gum in one of the many bins provided across the Lisburn Castlereagh area. Their cooperation will assist with the scheduled maintenance programme and ensure our area is kept ‘gum-free’ as much as practically possible,” concluded Alderman Tinsley.
This low emission machine reduces the need for harmful detergents and chemicals making it a more environmentally friendly method of keeping public realm areas clean.
The HEROS Programme Takes to The Ice
August 14, 2018
Dundonald International Ice Bowl has hosted the 11th year of the highly successful cross community Giants HEROS Programme with an energy packed ice hockey camp and big game, involving over 50 young people from Lisburn, Belfast, Bangor, Holywood, Swords, Dublin and Kinloss in Scotland.
The programme aims to use ice hockey and other shared experiences as catalysts to bring young people together to develop their leadership skills and promote a greater understanding and respect for each other. It builds on a successful model developed by the youth partners; Crosscare, Army Welfare Services, Ballynafeigh Community Development Association and the DICE project, along with the international partners H.E.R.O.S Canada.
As part of this year’s programme, the young people spent 3 hours each day on the ice at the Dundonald facility, alongside Canadian HEROS volunteers. At the end of the week, the children had the opportunity to showcase their new skills with a fun ice hockey tournament watched by their friends and family.
Chairman of the Council`s Leisure & Community Development Committee, Alderman Paul Porter was delighted to host the ice hockey camp at Dundonald International Ice Bowl: “The Council was pleased to support the HEROS programme for another year and welcome the many young people, coaches and volunteers to our ice rink in Dundonald.
“Sport plays an important role in bringing young people together to take part in positive activity which promotes a culture of teamwork and understanding for one another. I would like to thank the organisers and Canadian HEROS volunteers for delivering such an innovative programme which will hopefully have a major impact on the lives of these young people as they apply their new skills and experiences off the ice.”
Organiser Ken McQuillan added, “The programme works towards giving young people a unique opportunity to learn and develop life skills in ice hockey while developing aspirations for themselves and building relationships between young people from different backgrounds.
“The programme has been running for 11 years and we are delighted to celebrate the talent, friendships and skills being developed as a result of the programme. We hope that every young person gains from the experience and takes away positive messages from this unique project.”
Statement of sympathy from Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council
August 13, 2018
The Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin, has expressed his sympathy and that of the Council on the death of Fabrice Miguet who was critically injured during the Superstock Race at this year’s Ulster Grand Prix.
He said: “We are extremely saddened at the news that Fabrice has passed away. Fabrice was well known to the local motorcycle road racing community in Northern Ireland, having competed here at the Ulster Grand Prix over a number of years. Our thoughts and prayers are with Fabrice's family and friends at this very difficult time. We send our deepest sympathies to the Miguet family and his Optimark team as they come to terms with their loss.”
New Visitor Attraction Opens in Moira
August 13, 2018
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is delighted to have Ireland’s first indoor electric motocross track ‘E-Trax’ open in Moira.
This new facility is an excellent addition to the leisure and tourism offering of the Lisburn Castlereagh area. As a bespoke 35,000 square foot facility it represents an investment of £400,000; and offers children as young as five years old, teenagers and adults the off-road experience of motocross indoors.
The Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Uel Mackin officially opened the business along with the company directors, Kyle Rainey and Gareth George. He said: "E-Trax uses pioneering KTM Freeride E bikes, which do not produce noise as they lack gears and a clutch, making them environmentally friendly too; and the use of this type of bike means that the Lisburn Castlereagh area has Ireland’s first certified KTM e-park."
Alderman William Leathem, Chairman of the Council’s Development Committee, attending the opening, said: “Council Officers and Elected members have worked closely with Kyle and Gareth to secure this much needed facility within the Council area. E-Trax offers a fun, safe and controlled environment for people to participate in the motocross sport. The two tracks within E-Trax can accommodate both those new to the sport and those familiar with motocross bikes.
“I am confident that this new attraction will be a great success and will have many residents and visitors through its doors. There is a long standing connection between the Council and the Ulster Grand Prix and I am delighted that we now have established a connection with the motocross sport through E-Trax.”
E-Trax Directors Kyle Rainey and Gareth George said: "We are delighted to have secured a site in the Lisburn and Castlereagh Council area. We would like to thank the Council for their help and support in making our vision a reality."
E-Trax is open for bookings for parties, team building corporate events and from individual experienced motocross riders looking for that extra time on the bike. For more information log on to www.etrax-ni.co.uk
Council’s Sports Services Unit Achieves Customer Service Excellence Award
August 10, 2018
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Sports Services Unit has been recognised for its excellent standard of customer service after achieving the Cabinet Office’s prestigious, Customer Services Excellence Award.
The award was presented in recognition of the Unit’s customer focused service and commitment to continuous improvement, following a formal three day assessment against extensive pre-set criteria. This included customer insights, organisation culture, information & access, delivery of service and timeliness & quality of service.
The accolade was obtained for Sport Service’s nine service areas, making it the largest Local Authority Unit in Northern Ireland to achieve the award. Facilities and services encompassed within the Unit include Lagan Valley LeisurePlex, Dundonald International Ice Bowl, Lough Moss Leisure Centre, Castlereagh Hills Golf Course, Aberdelghy Golf Course, Glenmore Activity Centre, Grove Activity Centre, Kilmakee Activity Centre and Sports Development.
Speaking about the success, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee, Alderman Paul Porter said, “The Sports Services Unit takes great pride in putting the customer at the heart of their service provision therefore I am delighted that the hard work of the staff has been formally recognised through the achievement of the Customer Service Excellence Award.
“It is also a great honour to be the largest Local Authority Unit in Northern Ireland to achieve this award, which is testimony to the Council’s commitment to drive customer focused change and ensure our service is efficient, effective, equitable and empowering for all.
“The fact our Sports Service Unit attracts just under 1.7 million visitors per year and offers a diverse range of programmes and activities for all ages makes this achievement even more significant, particularly as it highlights to customers that they can be assured of the same excellent standard of service no matter what Sports Services facility they visit.
“The assessor’s report was also extremely complementary and gave particular praise to the staff across the Unit, commenting that staff were polite and friendly and went the extra mile to deliver an exceptional personalised customer experience, which is an excellent endorsement.
“I would like to congratulate all the staff who played a vital role in the achievement of this fantastic accomplishment and thank them for their level of commitment to serving our customers. I have no doubt that these high standards will develop year on year as everyone continues to work together to improve the service and meet the changing needs of our customers.”
Gary Swarbrooke, Director of CSE Assessment Services added: “Lisburn & Castlereagh Sports Services has achieved this prestigious award and for an organisation of this complexity to obtain the accreditation is a significant achievement.
“This result is a reflection of the time, effort and commitment that has been put into providing excellent customer service. The assessor praised the entire team and commented on the scale of the commitment to delivering an excellent customer experience.”
Assessor Lynda Willis also commented, “Even though the Council merged three years ago, there was strong evidence of staff working well together with a common aim to deliver excellence in customer service, creating a customer focused culture within the Unit.
“Well done Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council Sports Services Unit from Assessment Services.”
Work Commences on New Dromara Destroyers Tribute Garden
August 9, 2018
On Tuesday 7 August motorbike enthusiasts and riders from both the local area and farther afield took part in the now annual Dromara Destroyers ‘Ride Out’ which saw over 200 motorbikes leave the village of Dromara and drive to the Dundrod Grand Prix Circuit.
Local racing legends the Dromara Destroyers quartet of Brian Reid, Ray McCullough, Trevor Steele and Ian McGregor were there to lead off the riders and send them on their way to Dundrod. The event jointly organised with MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix is an excellent opportunity for riders to ride around the Ulster Grand Prix circuit safely and in advance of the main races at the weekend. Visitors to Dromara were also able to view progress on the work to the upcoming ‘Dromara Destroyers Tribute Garden’. This new attraction will celebrate the success of the Dromara Destroyers and honour the four riders who managed to achieve so much in their racing careers.
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is pleased to be supporting the development of the Tribute Garden, which is being delivered with additional funding support from the NI Rural Development Programme through Lagan Rural Partnership along with a contribution from the successful fundraiser vising carried out by the Dromara Destroyers Committee over the years. As many people know the Destroyers Committee has worked hard to bring the project to reality. In the past year they have worked closely with council officers to secure all the required funding to make it possible. The new garden will include four bronzed busts of the Destroyers, new seating and lighting and is due for completion in September 2018.
Alderman William Leathem, Chair of the Council’s Development Committee commenting on the new garden, said: “We are certainly all looking forward to seeing the completed work and hope that many people will visit this new attraction in the centre of Dromara in recognition of the success of the Dromara Destroyers but also to celebrate the success of the wider motorbike fraternity from Dromara and the surrounding areas.” Alderman
Allan Ewart MBE, Chair of Lagan Rural Partnership, added: “It is a pleasure to be here to see the fantastic support for this ride out event and hear how interested everyone is in the development of the new Dromara Destroyers Tribute Garden. This project will really add something special to the centre of Dromara village and the surrounding rural community celebrating their support for these riders and the wider biking fraternity over the years.”
Nostalgia Night Starts the Ulster Grand Prix
August 8, 2018
The Classic Car & Bike Rally was once again a successful start to the MCE Insurance UGP Bike Week when over 116 classic and vintage cars and 65 motorcycles joined Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council and the Lisburn City Old Vehicle Club (LCOVC) on Monday 6th August at Lagan Valley Island.
£1,375 was raised in entry fees from the participants for the Mayoral Charity, Cancer Fund for Children. There was also a bucket collection on the night. A cheque will be presented to the Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin in due course for the overall total by LCOVC.
The cavalcade of vintage and classic cars along with motorcycles left Lagan Valley Island for a Parade Lap through Lisburn City Centre before travelling on to the Dundrod Circuit. The Mayor joined the cavalcade as a passenger in LCOVC member, Norman Watts’ Alvis car. The vehicles then remained on display at the UGP Paddock at Dundrod.
Alderman Paul Porter, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee, speaking about the enjoyable evening, said: “It was great to see the spectacular display of so many vintage and classic vehicles at Lagan Valley Island. I am delighted that this event attracted a high participation of car and motorcycle enthusiasts to mark the start of the Ulster Grand Prix. Alongside the participants many residents came along to see the cars and bikes up close and join myself and the Mayor as we started them on their journey to the UGP circuit.
“It was lovely to meet old friends and make new ones as I walked around the site. This local event marked the start of the 2018 MCE Insurance UGP Bike Week, which will see many of the world’s leading road racers come to the Dundrod Circuit in the Lisburn Castlereagh area to experience the world's oldest road race course. On behalf of the Council I wish everyone a successful and safe UGP experience,” concluded Alderman Paul Porter.
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council would like to remind all spectators attending the Ulster Grand Prix this year to travel safely and ‘Keep the Race in Its Place’.
Local Businessmen Are Driven to Succeed
August 7, 2018
Two local entrepreneurs Paul Gray and James Peddie are driven both by nature and name, having set up two new businesses ‘Driven Club’ and ‘Driven Performance’.
Driven Club is an exclusive and private members club for Supercar owners within Northern Ireland. Driven Performance is an extension to the Driven brand and offers high end automotive customisation and upgrades.
Alderman William Leathem and Alderman Allan Ewart MBE, the Chairman and Vice-Chair respectively of the Council’s Development Committee recently visited their premises as part of the Council’s Business Engagement Visit programme.
Speaking about these new businesses, Alderman William Leathem, Chairman of the Council’s Development Committee, said: “I was pleased to have the opportunity to visit these two new businesses that have strong business plans and a focused target market both locally in the Lisburn Castlereagh area and across Northern Ireland. Paul and James are two car enthusiasts and it is great to see a personal interest turned into a profitable business. Through their well-organised monthly Driven Club events they have attracted high-profile sponsors and advertisers including the Hastings Group and Galgorm Resort & Spa.
“In terms of Driven Performance they have identified a niche market to tap into and offer vinyl customisation to high end cars and improve their performance through Electronic Control Unit remapping. Such customisations are proving very popular with their Club members; and there is a growing list of potential customers creating a healthy demand, which they will address through the creation of the ‘Driven Performance Training Programme’. This programme will create 12 full-time skilled posts, for those who are over 18 and unemployed, with support being provided by the Department for the Economy’s Bridge to Employment programme. I wish Paul and James every continued success with their Driven brand,” concluded Alderman Leathem.
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council continues to visit local businesses as part of its wider programme of investment activity looking at how the council can work in partnership with local businesses to aid their growth. It hopes to see Paul and James at its networking events when they recommence in the autumn; and that they will avail of the business support accessible through a number of programmes offered by the Council’s Business Solutions team.
Alderman Allan Ewart MBE, Vice- Chair of the Council’s Development Committee added: “Paul and James already have two sound businesses and it is fantastic news that they will be sharing their experience and knowledge with 12 lucky individuals who wish to get back into employment and be part of the Driven Performance Training Programme. These individuals will learn how to remap a car, undertake bespoke vinyl wrapping of high-end cars and gain customer service training. The growth of the Driven brand over the last six months is admirable and with its plans I have no doubt its future growth will meet all expectations.”
James Peddie commented: "Paul and I are excited to combine our passion for supercars and motorsport in this new venture. We believe that there is local talent in the area and we are keen to invite the best and brightest individuals to join our team. Working around supercars and building a brand that represents such high standards is a great opportunity for petrol heads like us."
To register for the Performance Training Programme please log on to www.nidirect.gov.uk/vehicle-enhancement-training for information on the selection process.
If you are a business based in the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council area and would like to take part in the Business Engagement Visits please contact Hazel King on 028 9244 7484.
Council Delegation Meet with Counterparts in Sunderland
August 3, 2018
A delegation from Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council recently visited the Sunderland City Council area to meet with fellow elected members and council officers.
In the last decade Sunderland City Council has undertaken several significant regeneration and economic development projects; and the Lisburn Castlereagh delegation availed of the opportunity to hear more about them.
The Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin, leading the civic delegation said: “I would like to thank Councillor Michael Mordey, the Deputy Leader and his colleague Councillor Rebecca Atkinson for taking the time to meet with myself and my fellow council representatives. The visit included a visit to their five key regeneration sites in the City Centre and we were impressed with how they had enhanced the cultural, retail, tourism and economy of Sunderland.”
Regeneration and investment programmes are an important part to increasing the sustainability of towns and cities across the UK.
Alderman William Leathem, Chairman of the Council’s Development Committee, speaking about the visit said: “Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council has significant plans to grow the local economy and improve the area’s sustainability over the next ten years through its investment strategy. The Council is currently working with two development leads for major mixed use projects in our city centre that were secured at and resulted from recent Westminster events equating to a potential investment value in excess of £40 million.
“One of these is for a city centre hotel and when we were in Sunderland we met with a prospective hotel developer and owner to progress negotiations for them to establish a hotel in Lisburn city centre. It was very beneficial to see first-hand the Keel Square Hotel regeneration site within Sunderland’s city centre to see how advantageous such an offering can be for the night-time economy.
“As a council we are part of the Belfast Region City Deal project and with some of our proposed regeneration projects we plan enhance the leisure and tourism offering in the Council area. The redevelopment of Dundonald International Ice Bowl as a regionally significant modern facility to focus on leisure, recreation, health and well-being will benefit residents and visitors alike.
“The planned significant investment across a variety of projects in Hillsborough linked to the Forest, Courthouse and Fort, public realm works, a Magic Garden in the Castle and development of a social enterprise café in the Forest will enhance the current investment in Hillsborough Castle which expects to attract 200,000 visitors a year,” concluded Alderman Leathem.
Alderman Jim Dillon MBE, Chairman of the Council’s Capital Projects Committee added: “The Council is invested in enhancing what the Lisburn Castlereagh area has to offer in terms of property, infrastructure, skilled workforce and locally manufactured products that are sold globally. Through a structured planning process the Council will be ensuring that all regeneration and development is sustainable in terms of the environment and economy.”
Council Updates Its Bin Collection Information
August 1, 2018
The Council has published its new bin calendars, which cover collections across the Lisburn Castlereagh area from August 2018 to April 2019.
Councillor Janet Gray MBE, Chairman of the Council’s Environmental Services Committee, said: “Waste is a subject that affects everyone and the Council is committed to ensuring that information on waste management within its area is easily accessible by residents. The new bin collection calendars can be accessed online via the Council’s website, or residents can use the address search facility on the Council’s Binformation App or its website to determine their bin day.
“Our Binformation App will also send reminders about your bin collection day and all holiday collection dates if the notification setting is activated. Residents who prefer to have paper copy instead of using technology, can request a copy of their bin calendar from our staff at Lagan Valley Island, Waste Management and Recycling Team. All the new bin calendars include holiday collection information and key contact numbers for common waste related concerns.”
The Council would like to encourage its residents to ‘Recycle Right’ and make sure they use the correct bin for their household waste and recyclables. A wide variety of household items are recyclable. Residents must recycle all relevant paper, cardboard and plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays items in their dry recycling bin or kerbie box along with their food and drink cans. All food waste must be put into brown bins.
Continuing to put waste to landfill is increasing the annual costs of managing your waste. We must work together with our ratepayers to ‘Recycle Right’ so that we can increase the recycling rate, and work towards meeting the 2020 recycling targets.
To check what can be recycled in which recycling bin/box please log on to www.lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk/recycling or call the Council’s Recycling Team on 028 9250 9453.
The Council Receives Three Awards for its Green Spaces
July 31, 2018
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is delighted to have been awarded three prestigious Green Flag Awards from the environmental charity Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful.
The Council is pleased Moat Park, Dundonald has received its first Green Flag. This accolade is very timely as the new outdoor performance area, which was part funded by the Department for Communities, was officially opened in March.
Castle Gardens and Wallace Park will continue to fly the Green Flag in recognition of the outstanding quality of both the green spaces and the hard work and dedication of council officers to maintain this outstanding award.
The Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin, speaking about the three Awards, said: “I am proud that Moat Park, Castle Gardens and Wallace Park have been awarded the prestigious Green Flag status. The Council’s parks and open spaces play an important part within the community, offering events and activities throughout the year and an area for residents and visitors to relax. Well done to everyone involved.”
A Green Flag is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.
Also speaking about the Council’s success, and attending the event on behalf of the Chair of the Council’s the Leisure & Community Development Committee Alderman Paul Porter who was unavailable, former Chairman Alderman James Tinsley added: “I am delighted that Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council has received national recognition for three of the Council’s most popular green spaces. Moat Park has secured its first Green Flag; and this is excellent news for a local facility widely used by local residents and groups.
“Wallace Park has retained the Award for the third year running, with Castle Gardens receiving its Green Flag Award for the tenth year. Three awards is an absolutely tremendous achievement; and I would like to thank everyone involved in keeping these facilities in immaculate condition.”
Dr Ian Humphreys, Chief Executive of Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful said:
“We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme.
“We are proud to have so many wonderful green spaces in Northern Ireland for people to experience, and encourage the public to head outdoors.
“The Green Flag Award is a sign of a well-managed, clean and safe park and with many people increasingly relying on their local park as a place to exercise, relax and have fun, quality green space has never been more important.
“Research shows that people will only visit a park if they perceive it to be clean and safe; and the Green Flag Award is an easy way for the public to see at a glance that their park meets the highest standards.
“All the flags flying this year are a testament to the efforts of the hundreds of men and women, both staff and volunteers, who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.”
If you are interested in finding out further information about the Green Flag Award or other programmes run by Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful please e-mail us on email@example.com call us on 028 9073 6920 or check out our website www.keepnorthernirelandbeautiful.org
Flembot Solutions Benefits from the Go for It Programme
July 30, 2018
Andrew Fleming recently started his new business Flembot Solutions after taking part in the ‘Go for It’ programme. Flembot Solutions, based in Dundonald, is the 100th business to have received support from Inspire Business Centre, which is delivering Go for It on behalf of the Council.
Go for It is part funded by Invest Northern Ireland and the European Regional Development Fund under the Investment for Growth & Jobs Northern Ireland (2014-2020) Programme.
Alderman William Leathem, Chairman of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Development Committee, visiting Flembot Solutions, said: “It was a pleasure to meet Andrew who has demonstrated true entrepreneurial spirit in setting up an IT company offering support for all computing and IT requirements. As the 100th business within the Dundonald area to avail of the current phase of the Go for It programme, Flembot Solutions opening is a memorable milestone for both Inspire Business Centre and the Council.
“Technology is such a large part of our everyday lives and like most things used regularly issues can occur and repairs or updates are needed. Andrew has the technological experience and knowledge to help both businesses and private individuals with their computing needs whether it be consultancy, updates, networking or repairs. As he is self-employed, Andrew can offer competitive rates to suit all budgets.
“Andrew is not only skilled at setting up IT systems and repairing computers he can also create new websites for businesses and offer graphic design services for individuals, charities or businesses. With such a wide range of skills I am confident Andrew will succeed in everything he puts his mind to and I wish him every success in the future.”
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council manages the contract for the well-known Go for It programme, which is the collective responsibility of all 11 councils to deliver across Northern Ireland.
Andrew added: “I found the support offered by the Go for It programme very valuable. It offered guidance on my business plan to identify growth potential, potential customer market base, expenditure and predicted income. The advice provided by Inspire was excellent; and being based within its business centre has ongoing benefits in terms of affordability and the continued presence of business experts to assist with any concerns I may have as a new start-up.”
Alderman Allan Ewart MBE, Vice-Chair of the Council’s Development Committee, concluded: “Go for It is an invaluable business start-up programme created by Invest Northern Ireland; and the Council is charged with leading and managing the contract over the next few years. To date 2,000 new businesses have been established thanks to this programme that operates in all 11 council areas. If you live in the Lisburn Castlereagh area and wish to start your own business then why not be part of the Go for It programme. Locally based business advisors will provide you with advice and support to meet your dreams of being your own boss!
“I would like to congratulate all our budding entrepreneurs as they get their businesses up and running. We look forward to seeing thousands more new businesses start-up with Go for It support.”
Please contact the Go for It programme on 0800 027 0639 or log on to www.goforitni.com
Victory Celebrations at the 2018 Lisburn City Triathlon & Aquathlon
July 30, 2018
Over 150 participants challenged themselves to the ultimate test of endurance when they took part in the 2018 Lisburn City Triathlon and Aquathlon at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex on Sunday 29th July.
Organised by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, in conjunction with Triathlon Ireland, the Triathlon involved a 750m pool swim, 24km cycle and 5km run. The Junior Aquathlon, for children aged 16 years and under, consisted of a 200m pool swim and 2km run, while the new Adult Aquathlon saw participants competing in a 750m swim and 5k run.
The women’s Triathlon kick started proceedings with previous winner Heather Foley finishing well ahead in first place, followed by Anne Paul holding her own in second place and Naomi Broughton finishing a strong third place.
Luke McCarron took first place in the men’s Triathlon, closely followed by Rob Lawrence in second place and Clifford Rodgers crossing the finish line just behind in third place.
In the new Adult Aquathlon, the event was keenly contended with Rosie Barratt taking the winner’s trophy. While in the Junior Aquathlon, 43 enthusiastic and inspirational young people got their moment to shine and put their training into practice with Luke Kelly taking top honours in the boys under 16 section and Zoe Fleming finishing in first place in the girls under 16 event. In the boys under 12 section, Frank Buchanan finished in first place, while Charlotte Smyth celebrated coming first in the girls under 12 section.
Speaking about the event, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure and Community Development Committee, Alderman Paul Porter said: “I would like to congratulate all those who participated in the 2018 Triathlon and Aquathlon and pushed themselves to the limit in pursuit of their personal goals. I have great respect for all the athletes, both young and old, who have put in many hours of training in order to prepare for such a demanding sporting event.
“This year, the Council was also delighted to introduce the Adult Aquathlon to inspire a new generation of athletes to get involved and hopefully provide a valuable stepping stone to progress onto the Triathlon event in future years. It was also encouraging to see so many young people rising to the challenge of the Junior Aquathlon and proving that physical activity can be fun!
“The Council has a proud history of organising high calibre sporting events such as the Lisburn Half Marathon, 10K Road Race and Fun Run in June as well as a diverse range of sports programmes throughout the year. I am delighted that the Triathlon & Aquathlon is another successful date in the sporting calendar, attracting participants across Northern Ireland to the City of Lisburn & Castlereagh.
“I would like to thank the Lisburn Triathlon Club and Triathlon Ireland for kindly supporting the event and look forward to working together to build on the success of the event in years to come.”
The Chairman of the Council's Leisure & Community Development Committee, Alderman Paul Porter congratulates the winners of the women's 2018 Lisburn City Triathlon. In 1st place, Heather Foley; 2nd place Anne Paul and Naomi Broughton in 3rd place.
The Chairman of the Council's Leisure & Community Development Committee, Alderman Paul Porter congratulates the winners of the men's 2018 Lisburn City Triathlon. In 1st place, Luke McCarron; 2nd place Rob Lawrence and Clifford Rodgers in 3rd place.
Luke Kelly is presented with the winning trophy in the under 16 boys section of the 2018 Lisburn City Aquathlon by the Chairman of the Council's Leisure & Community Development Committee, Alderman Paul Porter.
Zoe Fleming is presented with the winning trophy in the under 16 girls section of the 2018 Lisburn City Aquathlon by the Chairman of the Council's Leisure & Community Development Committee, Alderman Paul Porter.
The Chairman of the Council's Leisure & Community Development Committee, Alderman Paul Porter presents the winning trophy in the under 12 boys section of the 2018 Lisburn City Aquathlon to Frank Buchanan.
The Chairman of the Council's Leisure & Community Development Committee, Alderman Paul Porter presents the winning trophy in the under 12 girls section of the 2018 Lisburn City Aquathlon to Charlotte Smyth.
Speciality Food Fair returns to Moira Demesne bigger and better
July 30, 2018
Speciality Food Fair will return to Moira Demesne on Saturday 18th August for its fourth year with a focus on local artisan food with sustainability and preservation of food a key focus for 2018. The Food Fair has grown in popularity among traders and consumers alike as a key date in Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s summer events calendar. This year’s event will benefit from additional funding from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs’ Northern Ireland Regional Food Programme, with new features added to the event programme.
Popular features from previous years will be retained, with an extended artisan food hall, chef demos, café bar, street food and picnic village. This year an ‘edutainment’ element will be added to the line-up featuring expert talks, workshops and masterclasses for both adults and children.
Reflecting on the popularity of the Speciality Food Fair, Alderman William Leathem, Chairman of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Development Committee said, “We are delighted to welcome the return of the Speciality Food Fair to Moira for its fourth year. We are very pleased with the growing interest in the event from award-winning producers based within the Council area and further afield. Produce will be on offer to suit all tastes and dietary requirements, so we hope to see many local visitors as well as foodies from across Northern Ireland celebrate the top-notch producers and products against the stunning backdrop of Moira Demesne.”
Producers from varying artisan backgrounds will take part including Abernethy Butter, Ke Nako Biltong, Krazi Baker, Harnett’s Oils, Burren Balsamics, The StillHouse Moira, Crumbs Vegan Bakery, Bara Bakehouse, Ispini Charcuterie and Ballyriff Buffalo among many others.
Head of DAERA’s Regional Food Programme, Louise Millsopp said, “I am delighted that the Department is providing support to the Council’s Speciality Food Fair through the Regional Food Programme this year. The event will be a fantastic showcase of Northern Ireland’s local, award-winning, agri-food industry highlighting the quality, innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship that exists across the food and drink sectors. I’m sure it will be a really enjoyable day with something to suit all the avid foodie enthusiasts among us.”
Enjoy the great outdoors at the Food Fair
Set amongst the lush backdrop of Moira Demesne’s stunning parkland, guests will enjoy plenty of opportunities to indulge their interests, whether it is chatting to producers or going along to the chef demos in the Kitchen Sessions, or to one of the expert talks. There will be plenty of options also to enjoy speciality treats al fresco, whilst relishing in live entertainment from local musicians.
As always, the street food village and picnic area will be a primary outdoor feature at the Food Fair with an even greater choice on offer, reflecting Northern Ireland’s burgeoning gourmet street food scene. Guests are encouraged to get acquainted with emerging faces on Northern Ireland’s gourmet street food scene, including Dickie D’s Grilled Cheese, Fionnbobs Food Wagon, Burger Republic, The Hatch as well as more established names such as Pheasantshill Farm.
Plenty to quench guests’ thirsts
The Café Bar will also return, serving both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages suitable for all ages, with local apple juice, cordials, craft beers, ciders, and spirits. Speciality coffees for those in need of a caffeine fix will be served up alongside teas and hot chocolate. The StillHouse will up the ante in the café bar, bringing a taste of what is on offer in their newly created Distillery Bar located a stone’s throw away in Moira village.
Fun for the whole family with children’s workshops and Kitchen Sessions
The popular Kitchen Sessions will return to this year’s Speciality Food Fair in addition to fringe events featuring leading chefs and experts. Award winning Moira chefs, Chris McGowan of Wine & Brine, Danni Barry of Clenaghans Restaurant and Stephen Jeffers of Forestside Cookery School will lead the charge with Chris focusing on a modern twist to traditional food preserving, Danni giving a workshop on foraging and incorporating your finds into your home cooking and Stephen offering a skills masterclass in addition to cooking a dish from his new cookbook.
‘Edutainment’ will once again be the key focus for all interactive family fun activities, encouraging kids to learn about the natural world around them and to get involved in planting their own food. Interactive activities will include bug hotel making, observational beehives, beeswax wrap making, all as 30-minute workshops running from 10am-3pm. For a full schedule go to the Visit Lisburn Castlereagh website.
Entry and parking to the Speciality Food Fair is free and will run from 10am – 6pm on Saturday 18th August. Access for disabled visitors is provided.
For more information on traders and a full programme of events visit visitlisburncastlereagh.com or follow Visit Lisburn Castlereagh on Facebook.com/enjoylisburn, Twitter @VisitLisburn and Instagram @visitlisburncastlereagh.
Cool K9s Opens After Support from Go for It
July 27, 2018
Charlene Marshall recently took part in the ‘Go for It’ programme to create a business plan for her new business Cool K9s, a dog grooming business in Lisburn. Cool K9s is the 100th business to have received support from the Lisburn Enterprise Organisation (LEO), which is delivering Go for It on behalf of the Council.
Go for It is part funded by Invest Northern Ireland and the European Regional Development Fund under the Investment for Growth & Jobs Northern Ireland (2014-2020) Programme.
Alderman William Leathem, Chairman of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Development Committee, visiting Cool K9s, said: “I was pleased to meet Charlene and hear all about her experience and ambitions as a local entrepreneur. As the 100th business within Lisburn to avail of the current phase of the Go for It programme, Cool K9s’ opening is a milestone that the Council will remember.
“Dogs are treated as family members by many of us; and as part of this many family pooches are pampered regularly at a grooming salon. Charlene has been working as a groomer for several years and recently decided to branch out to fulfil her long-held dream of being her own boss. I wish her every success in the years ahead as she takes care of our four legged residents.”
The well-known Go for It programme is the collective responsibility of all eleven councils with the contract being managed by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council.
Charlene added: “I was very pleased with the Go for It programme and found the advice given to be very beneficial in compiling my detailed business plan. As a professional dog groomer, who previously worked for a salary, it was very daunting to take the step to self-employment and I valued the support provided by LEO. At Cool K9s I will aim to provide a friendly, affordable, professional and reliable service. I look forward to meeting new clients and their owners.”
Alderman Leathem concluded: “Go for It is an important business start-up programme; and the Council is delighted to hear that by the end of July 2,000 new businesses will have taken part in this programme since September 2017. If you live in the Lisburn Castlereagh area and wish to start your own business then be part of the Go for It programme. Locally based advisors will provide you with advice and support to start the wheels moving for any business idea, large or small.
“I would like to congratulate all our budding entrepreneurs as they get their businesses up and growing. We look forward to seeing thousands more new businesses start-up with Go for It support over the remainder of this year.”
Please contact the Go for It programme on 0800 027 0639 or log on to www.goforitni.com to get support to test an idea, set goals and objectives, clarify your financial position and map out markets and customers to clearly see where your new business idea can go.
Council Prepares War Memorials for Armistice Day
July 27, 2018
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is repairing war memorials across the Council area in advance of the Centenary of Armistice Day.
In 1918, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, an armistice was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in World War I.
Councillor Nathan Anderson, Chairman of the Council’s Corporate Services Committee, speaking about the planned repairs, said: “Every Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday veterans, serving and former armed forces personnel, family members and residents visit our war memorials as a mark of remembrance for those who have lost their lives through war.
“The Council will be repairing its war memorials in Lisburn, Glenavy, Hilden, Hillsborough and Moira in preparation for the 11th November 2018, the 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day. We will also be inscribing the names of those who lost their lives in the line of duty that have recently been provided to us by relatives.
“It is very important to the Council that it acknowledges the bravery of our Armed Forces, both veterans and serving personnel; and the Council does this in a number of ways throughout the year. I hope that all our residents will respect these war memorials in the years ahead as they were erected to mark the wars that scarred our past; and to remember the bravery of the local men and women who fought in them.”
The Rt. Hon. Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP and Alderman James Tinsley, the Council’s Veterans Champion, joined Councillor Anderson at the Lisburn War Memorial to view the progress of the refurbishment work.
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council would like residents throughout the area to take part in their own way in the traditional two minute silence on the 11th November 2018 at 11.00am. This marks 100 years to the minute from Armistice Day, which essentially brought an end to four years of fighting during World War I.
Honey Badgers Go Karts - Saturday 4th August
July 27, 2018
Honey Badgers Go Karts Parties will be making an entrance in Lisburn Square on Saturday 4th August from 1-3pm. The Electric Karts are a unique driving experience and suitable for Children age 4-12years and full of safety devises and can travel at up to 10 mph. So bring your little Honeys down to the square for a FREE driving experience not to be missed.
Alderman William Leathem, Chair of the Development Committee at Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council said: “We are looking forward to seeing Honey Badger Go Karts on Saturday August 4th in Lisburn Square and the Council is thrilled to welcome this event to the City Centre and show its support for local Businesses.
Roy Faulkner comments “The name Honey Badger’s comes from Formula 1 driver, Daniel Ricciardo who’s nick name is’ the honey badger ‘ because, “ Honey badgers never give up” We chose this because, as the business develops, we hope to nurture a ‘ can do’ positive attitude amongst the young people.
To get in touch contact Facebook ‘honey badger’s go kart parties’ or on 07708822295
MCE UGP goes back in time with Vintage Bike event
July 27, 2018
As the Ulster Grand Prix approaches its 96th year, the organisers of Ireland’s oldest road race have planned a nod to their rich history with an ‘Old Meets New’ Bike Event kicking off their bike week activity this year.
The event takes place between 1pm and 4pm on Saturday 4th August at Lisburn Market Square and will feature motorbikes from years gone by, reinforcing the strong historical association the Lisburn district has with road racing.
Geoff Wilson, an Event Organiser with the MCE Ulster Grand Prix commented: “We are really keen to give bike fans, as well as the general public, a true sense of nostalgia with this display. The Ulster Grand Prix was established in 1922 and in the 96 years since then we have seen motorcycle racing evolve dramatically, both in terms of technology and popularity. It is our pleasure to chronicle the changes and technological advancements through this exhibition and we are excited to see what ‘s out there!”
Organisers are keen to gather as many bikes as possible so if you have a bike from 1980 or earlier please get in touch with Geoff Wilson via email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alderman William Leathem, Chair of the Development Committee at Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council said: “We are looking forward to seeing all the vintage bikes on display on Saturday August 4th between 1-4pm in Market Square and the Council is thrilled to once again welcome this event to the City Centre and show its support for the MCE Ulster Grand Prix as it celebrates Bike Week in August.”
Bike week runs from 4th until 11th August, with international road racing on Thursday 9th and Saturday 11th August. To purchase a wristband please visit www.ulstergrandprix.net.
Lego it to Lisburn for a Marmalicious Movie Day - Friday 10th August
July 27, 2018
Market Square will host two movies on Friday 10th August on the Big Screen in Lisburn City Centre. So sit back and relax on our deck chairs with FREE showings of Paddington Bear 2 (PG) from 11am-1pm and the Lego Ninjago Movie (U) 2pm-4pm.
Whilst in Market Square, why not call into the local shops and restaurants and experience the true taste of Lisburn.
Alderman William Leathem, Chair of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Development Committee comments: “Market Square has experienced significant revitalisation and we have celebrated this with an extensive events schedule throughout 2018. Many people have attended the events that have taken place so far and enjoyed their experience across the City Centre, calling into local cafés, shops, and restaurants when they visit.
“We encourage everyone to come along and enjoy the movies on the big screen in Market square on August 10th."
Museum Displays its Hand Spinning Talents at the Queen's Birthday Party in Rome
July 25, 2018
The Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum (ILCLM) was honoured to be invited to represent Northern Ireland at the 92nd celebrations of the Queen’s birthday in Villa Wolkonsky, the official residence of the British Ambassador to Italy in Rome.
Ambassador Jill Morris wanted to have the tradition of Irish linen showcased at this celebration event which was themed ‘UKItalyCulture’. At the event Ambassador Morris highlighted the bonds uniting Britain and Italy and showcased their respective excellence in technology, fashion, food, music and art.
Gillian Topping, Assistant Education Officer from ILCLM attended the event on behalf of the Council; and showcased her talent at hand spinning to the 2,000 guests.
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is very pleased to have had the opportunity to showcase one of the unique cultures of our history, handloom weaving and hand spinning, at this prestigious event attended by guests from business, political, military, academic and cultural fields as well as Embassy and NATO officials.
The guests engaged in conversation with Gillian who told them about the work of the Council and the traditional skills and resources within the ILCLM. Some of the guests will be travelling to Northern Ireland later in the year and plan to visit the ILCLM to view first-hand the work and resources they heard all about in Rome. The Council looks forward to welcoming them to the Lisburn Castlereagh area.
Get well and heal at our Health and Wellness Fair
July 24, 2018
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, in partnership with local providers; Child & Adult Therapeutic Services and Hollywood Health, is holding a free two-day Health and Wellness Fair on the 23rd & 24th September at Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn.
Speaking at the launch of the Fair, Chairman of the Council’s Strategic Community Planning Partnership, Alderman William Leathem said: “I am excited to announce that over two days in September we will be bringing a host of experts, speakers, demos and Therapists under one roof to help people of all ages get well and heal. Nowhere else will you find so many specialists and the latest technology aimed at restoring your mind and body. I fully understand how difficult it can be to deal with poor health as I have lived with Fibromyalgia and ME for a number of years now, however, I also understand that there are non-medical routes available for healing that really do help.”
Rita McAlonan from Child & Adult Therapeutic Services discusses the range of services that will be available at the Fair: “This is a wonderful opportunity to discover tools and techniques which can aid healing and promote your own wellbeing. I am delighted that we will have a room full of Therapists and experts showcasing the most up-to-date technology and practical advice that you can implement straight away. There will be a strong focus on improving your mental health and how to stay in good mental health. We are particularly pleased to have the Andromeda Bio-resonance Computer system which is a very sophisticated software system providing users with a computer-aided health check. Other areas that will be covered include support for children and young people with behavioural challenges, Kinesiology, Matrix Re-imprinting, Nutrition and Diet and practical skills for dealing with stress and anxiety, to name a few. If you have been suffering from poor health or feeling generally unwell this is your chance to change this, so please take some time and invest in your health. It will definitely be worthwhile.”
The free Health and Wellness Fair will feature expert talks, workshops, one-to-one consultations and you will also get the opportunity to purchase health and wellbeing products from local providers. Statutory organisations as well as local healthcare providers will also be present.
The opening times of the Fair are: 1:00pm - 6:00pm on Sunday 23rd September and 10:00am – 7:00pm on Monday 24th September and it will be held in Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn. Entry is free, however any donations received by visitors will go to the Mayor’s Charity, Cancer Fund for Children.
For further information on the Health and Wellness Fair visit www.facebook.com/ wholebeingwellbeingapproach/ or www.facebook.com/LisburnCastlereagh and register your interest in the event.
If you are a business or health provider who wishes to exhibit at the event please contact Rita McAlonan from Child & Adult Therapeutic Services on 07789767700 or Email: email@example.com
Moira to Once Again Host the Pipe Band Championships
July 24, 2018
Moira Demesne will once again provide the perfect setting for the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Pipe Band Championships on Saturday 4th August.
Organised in partnership with the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association Northern Ireland (RSPBANI) Branch, the glorious sounds of pipes and drums will fill the air in Moira when approximately forty six pipe bands and forty seven drum majors will battle it out to be crowned 2018 champions.
There will be stiff competition in the arena as all the entrants from across Northern Ireland and further afield deliver the first class performances that they have been diligently practising.
Alderman William Leathem, Chairman of the Council’s Development Committee speaking at the Championship launch, said: “As a former piper myself I am delighted that the Council has once again partnered with the RSPBANI to host a prestigious Pipe Band Championship. Over the years the Council has strengthened its relationship with the RSPBANI; and I would like to thank all those in the Northern Ireland Branch for their work in helping to secure this event in Moira once again.
“The Council is expecting large crowds to descend on Moira Demesne to have a great family day out as supporters from all the competing bands show their support for the pipes and drums. We hope they are joined by lovers of music from across the Council area and beyond. The sights and sounds of hundreds of pipers and drummers is remarkable and not to be missed.
“It is a pleasure to have the opportunity to extend a warm welcome to all competitors from near and far and I hope you all have an enjoyable day, regardless of the judging result!”
There will also be a wide range of food and trade stalls to visit in Moira Demesne during the Championships or alternatively there is a great selection of eateries and shops in the village itself.
The Council will be showcasing what is going on in and around the City at the Championships. Please visit our Tourism exhibition trailer from 12 noon until 5.30pm to see what is on offer!
The competition will start at 11.30am and will run until approximately 6.15pm. Admission is free and car parking is available on site. Disabled parking is also available to blue badge holders.
For further information, please contact the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association Northern Ireland Branch on 028 9267 0445 or visit www.rspbani.org
Celebrating Medal Success
July 20, 2018
Alderman Paul Porter, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee has congratulated local athletes from Lisburn 2gether after their successful medal tally at the Special Olympics Ireland Games in Dublin last month.
The Club won a staggering 13 medals across a number of closely contended singles, pairs and doubles events in the sports of Badminton, Bocce and Football.
Bocce athletes Claire O’Neill and Oliver Magee won well-deserved Gold medals in both the singles and pairs events with Theresa McMahon also winning Gold in the pairs as well as collecting a Bronze in the singles. Christopher Parker was also awarded Gold in the pairs and a 4th place in the singles.
In badminton, Sarah Louise Rea and Ben Hayward topped the table with Gold medals in the singles and mixed doubles with Adam Smyth winning Gold in the men’s doubles and 4th in the singles.
Footballers Daniel Tennyson and Joe McVarnock then rounded off the medal success with a keenly contended Bronze medal and 4th place.
Alderman Porter, said, “As Chairman of the Leisure & Community Development Committee, I would like to congratulate all the athletes and volunteers for their tremendous achievements at the Special Olympics Ireland Games. Everyone has performed to the highest standard and has proudly represented Team Ulster and Lisburn & Castlereagh at such a prestigious competition.
“To come away with so many medals highlights the hard work and dedication that goes into preparing for major competitions by both the athletes and the many helpers and volunteers who support the team. The Council are extremely proud of your achievements and I am delighted to meet the team again and see such a display of medals proudly worn around the necks of our athletes today.
“I know everyone has enjoyed the competition and I hope the experience will encourage more people to get involved with the Club and enjoy a shared love of sport. I have no doubt that I will hear many more success stories in the near future as the Club grows from strength to strength.
“It has been a pleasure to congratulate all the athletes today and thank the team of coaches and volunteers for their dedication and support, and on behalf of the Council pass on a massive well done!”
Lorraine Foster, Chairman of Lisburn 2gether added, ““The Club is extremely proud of the athletes who took part in the Ireland Games. They have all worked hard over the past three years competing and progressing through Area and Regional Games followed by a selection process to represent Ulster in Special Olympics 2018 Ireland Games. The success, dedication and commitment of athletes and coaches is reflected in the medals and ribbons brought back from these Games. On behalf of Lisburn 2gether Special Olympics I would like to thank Alderman Porter and Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council for their continued support of the Club.”
Glam Lisburn crowned Beauty Salon of the Year
July 18, 2018
Glam Nail and Beauty Salon in Lisburn City Centre were recently awarded the prestigious accolade of Northern Ireland Beauty Salon of the Year at the Northern Ireland Hair and Beauty Awards. These awards are well thought of within the industry and the wider community seeking to honour the professionalism and tireless work of individuals and teams within salons across the country.
Beating off stiff competition from across Northern Ireland Glam Salon were presented with the award at a gala event where they were joined by industry colleagues from over 50 other salons who had been shortlisted.
Within Glam Salon they offer a wide range of beauty treatments and have also added to their business offerings with the opening of their new hair rooms Glamourdolls offering a full professional hairdressing service alongside their now award winning beauty service. In addition to this, Lisa McMahon, the owner of Glam recently became a MISSU educator and opened Glam Nail Academy where she gets to pass on her passion and knowledge to all her students as an ambassador for the well known brand ‘The Nail Team’ with support from founder Gemma Lambert.
Alderman William Leathem, Chair of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Development Committee commended Glam Salon on their recent win saying, “I would like to congratulate the team at Glam Nails and Beauty on achieving Beauty Salon of the Year for Northern Ireland. Lisburn has a long and proud history of family run businesses and like many others Glam Nails and Beauty brings a uniqueness to the independent retail offering that local people and those from farther afield travel to our City Centre to experience. We wish the company every success for the future and trust they will continue to build upon their accomplishments.”
Lisa, Glam Salon owner said “Due to it being our first time entering we didn’t think we would win anything and were in complete shock we won our region then went on to win overall beauty salon on the year for Northern Ireland. I am very proud of the team for such an achievement. We are like a family here at Glam with a team of 15 hard working members of staff delivering a great service every day to our very supportive customers. I started the business working from home only 8 years ago, developing the business to be able to open premises in Lisburn City Centre in 2013 and this award is recognition that all the dedication and persistence has paid off and we are seen as one of the best in the industry.
Statement from the Mayor, Cllr Mackin and Chair of the Development Cttee, Ald Leathem
July 18, 2018
The Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin and the Chairman of the Development Committee of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Alderman William Leathem, have expressed their disappointment that the M&S Simply Food store in Bow Street Mall will close later this year.
The Mayor said: “I am sorry to hear that the store will not continue trading in Bow Street Mall but I am glad to hear that redeployment will be offered to the store’s employees, and this must be welcomed.
“The M&S Simply Food store has been in the Mall for years and I am sure it will be missed by many shoppers,” he said.
Alderman Leathem said: “I was sad to learn of this announcement, which I am sure was very carefully considered by M&S management. This is a difficult period of change for the people who work at the store. Our lives are often centred around our places of employment and our routines.
“The Council is engaged with Bow Street Mall in respect of future plans for the centre,” he concluded.
Housty’s Tea Dance Returns to Market Square
July 17, 2018
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is again hosting the ever popular Housty as he provides the music for an outdoor Tea Dance live in Market Square on Tuesday July 24th from 2.00pm to 4.00pm. Anyone who wants to come along will enjoy music from across the decades along with an opportunity to dance on the wooden floor right in the heart of the City Centre.
Earlier in the morning from 11.00am to 1.00pm our younger visitors can enjoy a fun session with ‘Jump Jiggle & Jive…Live!’ This will be an interactive dance and exercise group for kids, twirling and swirling with hula hoops, pom poms and other colourful surprises. They will have audience members on their feet, clapping and dancing along to the lively spectacle.
Alderman William Leathem, Chairman of the Council’s Development Committee who will be attending the event said, “It was fantastic to see such a large crowd of enthusiastic dancers in the City Centre last year. It is safe to say that everyone, from young and old, had an enjoyable day out filled with fun and entertainment. It is great to see these events returning to the City Centre which not only provide free activities for all ages but also encourage the community to call into their local eatery or shop for a spot of lunch or to purchase a pair of dancing shoes. I am really looking forward to this year’s events in July and August.”
Due to popular demand, the event will take place again on Tuesday 21st August, with ‘Jump Jiggle & Jive…Live!’ from 11.00am–1.00pm and ‘Market Square’s Tuesday Tea Dance with Housty & Friends’ from 2.00pm–4.00pm.
Booking is not required and seats will be filled on a first-come first-served basis.
For information on upcoming events in Lisburn City Centre, contact City Centre Management on 028 9244 7543 or visit facebook.com/Lisburncitycentre.
Seymour Hill MUGA Works Underway
July 11, 2018
The new Multi-use Games Area (MUGA) at Seymour Hill is now under construction. It will provide sporting and recreational opportunities for residents of all ages in the area.
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council has contracted the McAvoy Group to build this £600,000 facility.
Alderman Paul Porter, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee recently visited the MUGA with members of the Seymour Hill & Conway Community Association and fellow elected representatives.
In welcoming the new facility, Alderman Porter said: “There has been considerable growth in the local area in recent years; and this MUGA is a further community facility developed in recognition of this. Both the MUGA and the recently opened River Road Play Park have been constructed on land gifted by Connswater Homes Housing Association to the Council for the development of community facilities. Connswater Homes is nearly completion of a 98-home development on the site of the former Dunmurry High School.
“I look forward to seeing the completed MUGA which will have a 60m by 40m 3G playing surface with floodlights and a two team changing area. It will be secured behind a fence with available parking for 24 cars. The MUGA will be managed on behalf of the Council by the Seymour Hill & Conway Community Association as part of an agreed Sports Development Plan. I would like to thank Councillor Margaret Tolerton for all her work as Chair of the Seymour Hill Conway Community Plan Steering Group and the Seymour Hill & Conway Community Association for their commitment to these recent developments.
“The Council is proactive in developing facilities across the Council area to provide outdoor spaces for residents to play safely and keep healthy. Some of these facilities, like this MUGA, the Council constructs and manages itself and others it works in partnership with other organisations.”
Council Welcomes Development of Ballymacash Sports Academy
July 11, 2018
Rushmore Playing Fields has for many years been the home of Ballymacash Rangers FC. Over recent years the Club has worked with groups across North Lisburn to provide a community hub in the area, and through the new Sports Academy will use the Rushmore site to further develop facilities.
Alderman Paul Porter, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee, speaking about the development, said: “The Council is delighted to see the work being taken forward through Ballymacash Sports Academy, which is a growing organisation, with expansion plans in mind; to be delivered over several phases.
“Ballymacash Rangers has worked with local partners including schools and the PSNI to build the capacity of its facilities. To cater for the growing community it is home to pool teams, dart teams and football teams who use the current facilities six out of seven nights each week. Through the Sports Academy Phase 1 of the plans have recently received planning permission and will involve a 3G multi-use games area, which will increase its capacity at the facility all year round.
“The plan for Phase 2 is a new building that will allow the Club to increase its capacity and sustain its growth for many years to come. The architectural plans are currently in progress for this state-of-the-art building. There is a real desire across the local community for this new facility to be built; and the Council wishes the Club through the Academy every success as it progresses it plans.”
Phase 2 will allow the Club to modernise its facilities to include female changing rooms and comply with disability legislation. This will meet both community need and the targets within their five year sport development plan.
Alderman William Leathem, Chairman of the Council’s Development Committee added: “Ballymacash Rangers in recent times has become a social enterprise to raise funds to develop a Ballymacash Sports Academy. This new community co-operative has been set-up to help them build a permanent, modern, brick building to replace the current timber frame temporary portacabins along with the provision of additional playing and training facilities. It is a good example of how a community can work together for the betterment of all.
“To date there has been significant time and energy invested by volunteers to maximise the existing club assets. The plans by this club to expand its facilities will ensure increased income due to additional revenue from pitch and facility rental, the social club and the community gym.
“The new building, when planning permission is received, will be owned by the community and any profits will be regenerated back into the facility to expand it further for the benefit of all the local community; and I would like to thank all those involved for their efforts to date,” said Alderman Leathem.
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Local nominations for Pride of Place Awards
July 11, 2018
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council has nominated three local community organisations for the prestigious 2018 Co-operation Ireland Pride of Place Awards, which recognise the work carried out by communities from all over Ireland.
Judges from the Pride of Place Awards recently visited the local nominees, namely; Sunflowerfest (in the category: Creative Place Initiative), Maghaberry Community Centre (in the category Population 2000 – 5000) and Ballybeen Men’s Motivation Group (in the category Community Wellbeing Initiative).
Speaking about the nominees Chairman of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee, Alderman Paul Porter, said: “This competition is based on communities demonstrating directly to the judges the pride they have in their local area through the contribution they make and I have no doubt that the nominees from Lisburn & Castlereagh have done this to a high standard when the judges visited. Each of the nominees are an integral part of our local community and enjoy a real partnership with the council. We wish them all well and look forward to the winners being announced at the Awards Ceremony held on Saturday 17th November in Cork. As we await the results I know that the individuals involved in all three nominated organisations will continue to take great pride in their achievements and the council will continue to recognise all the good work they do.”
Co-operation Ireland, its local authority partners and its headline sponsor IPB Insurance are proud to present the prestigious Pride of Place Competition for the 16th consecutive year. The competition has enjoyed tremendous success and continues to grow in terms of prestige and popularity.
For more information visit www.prideofplace.ie
Council to Bring a Touch of Ulster Grand Prix Nostalgia to the City
July 10, 2018
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, in conjunction with the Lisburn City Old Vehicle Club (LCOVC) is bringing a touch of nostalgia to the Dundrod circuit on Monday 6th August with the annual Vintage and Classic Car & Bike Cavalcade.
This local event will mark the official start of the 2018 MCE Insurance UGP Bike Week; and the Cavalcade of vintage and classic cars and motorcycles will leave Lagan Valley Island for a Parade Lap to the Dundrod Circuit.
The main outdoor event at Lagan Valley Island will see the owners of classic motorcycles and cars leave Lagan Valley Island at 7.15pm and 7.25pm respectively for a parade lap to the Dundrod Circuit.
The Cavalcade will travel through the City Centre via Castle Street, Market Square, Market Street, Smithfield Street, Antrim Street, and the Antrim Road enroute to Dundrod. It will stop at the Dundrod circuit where the cars and bikes will remain on display and will not return to Lisburn as a group.
Alderman Paul Porter, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee, is urging everyone to come along for an enjoyable evening, and said: “The organisers of this event would like to see local participation from classic and vintage vehicle owners to make an impressive sight as they travel through the City to Dundrod. Last year 200 cars and bikes took part and made a spectacular display travelling through Lisburn.
“We would welcome members of the public who wish to come to Lagan Valley Island and view these car and bikes parked up before they begin their parade lap. Alternatively there are many good viewing spots throughout the City Centre to watch the passing cavalcade.
"Those wishing to participate in the Parade Lap are encouraged to register in advance through the LCOVC. This will allow the Club and the Council to know how many will be taking part. It is possible to register on the night from 6.00pm at Lagan Valley Island, however for administrative purposes early notice would be greatly appreciated.
“This annual event is the perfect start to the 2018 MCE Insurance UGP Bike Week, which will see many of the leading road racers come to the Dundrod Circuit in Lisburn to experience the world's oldest road race course and perhaps set a few records during the two race days.”
Entry to participate in the Parade Lap is £5 per vehicle and £3 per passenger and all entry fees and donations made will be presented to the Mayor’s Charity, Cancer Fund for Children.
To register for the Parade Lap please contact LCOVC by email to email@example.com or access the form online at https://www.lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk/things-to-do/ulster-grand-prix-2018
Mr Shailesh Vara MP welcomed to Lagan Valley Island
July 10, 2018
The Mayor of Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Uel Mackin and Chief Executive, Dr Theresa Donaldson warmly welcomed Mr Shailesh Vara MP, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Northern Ireland Office, to Lagan Valley Island. Views on the council's vision for the area, growth, investment and community planning were discussed.
New Pedestrian Crossing Commended
July 9, 2018
Alderman Paul Porter, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee has commended Lagan Valley LeisurePlex for their approach to child safety, following the introduction of a new pedestrian crossing outside the popular facility.
The new crossing was introduced after consultation with local residents to help ensure the continued safety of the 800,000 visitors who travel to the Lisburn facility each year.
Alderman Porter said, “On behalf of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, I am delighted to see the introduction of a pedestrian crossing at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex. The safety of all customers within and surrounding our facilities is of paramount importance, particularly with the significant number of families and schools who enjoy using the LeisurePlex each week.
“I would like to thank local resident, Andy Thompson for raising the suggestion with the Council as well as Councillor Rhoda Walker for working alongside the Leisure & Community Development Committee to see the idea for the crossing come into fruition.
“Finally, I would like to encourage all our customers to make use of the crossing during their visit to ensure a safe and enjoyable day out for everyone.”
Local resident, Andy Thompson added, “It was a pleasure to approach the Council about the pedestrian crossing at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex. As a regular customer, I am thrilled that the Council have valued my suggestion and witness the crossing being used regularly by so many customers today.”
Council Visits Local School Horticultural Club
July 6, 2018
Lisnagarvey High School set up a Horticultural Club earlier this year and Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council provided compost for it to use to start growing flowers and vegetables.
Councillor Janet Gray MBE, Chairman of the Council’s Environmental Services Committee and Alderman James Tinsley, Vice-Chair of the Council’s Environmental Services Committee recently visited the Horticultural Club.
Speaking about the visit Councillor Gray MBE, said: “I enjoyed hearing from the pupils of Lisnagarvey High School about their new Horticultural Club and the types of flowers and vegetables they are growing. This new club is a perfect use of the school facilities and the pupils can either take some of the produce home or sell it to family and friends to raise money for new equipment, materials and planting containers. The pupils have grown a wide range of flowers from petunias to marigolds and vegetables ranging from potatoes to celery.
“By taking the vegetables home the pupils are playing their part in healthy eating and perhaps saving their parents a trip to the shops. Also their entrepreneurial spirit in selling items they have grown to raise money to sustain the Club is excellent. I wish the pupils of Lisnagarvey High School every future success with their Horticultural Club.”
Dobbies of Lisburn sponsored the Club through the provision of a variety of plant plugs and B & Q Sprucefield also donated some compost.
LCCC Workshop held on Belfast Region City Deal
July 6, 2018
With a City Deal proposal underway for the Belfast Region, a workshop with Elected Members of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council was held at Lagan Valley Island this week. The first City Deal proposal for Northern Ireland involves six local councils of which Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is one.
City Deals provide funding for large projects to help boost the economy through infrastructure, tourism, digital connectivity and job creation. The councils working together towards the first City Deal for Northern Ireland are Lisburn & Castlereagh, Belfast City, Antrim and Newtownabbey, Mid and East Antrim, Newry, Mourne and Down and Ards and North Down.
The workshop was led by consultants Stephen Wallace from KPMG; and Gordon Matheson from Matheson City Consulting. Mr Matheson shared his experience on working for the successful City Deal for the City of Glasgow.
The Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin, said: “This is of great interest to Members given the long-term projects this Council would wish to see actioned for the betterment of the area, and of course for everyone who lives or works here. This would include proposals for the development of the Knockmore Link Road at West Lisburn, the Dundonald International Ice Bowl with a focus on leisure, recreation and wellbeing; and complimentary strategic tourism growth in Hillsborough.”
Dr Theresa Donaldson, Chief Executive, said: “This is a collaborative project with our partner councils and a lot of work has gone on to identify projects that will bring about economic advantage and opportunity within the Lisburn Castlereagh area. Local Elected Member leadership is necessary to look to the future of the area and it was very interesting to hear first-hand experiences from the City Deal arena. This information will be extremely worthwhile as we move forward.”
New defibrillator in honour of Matthew Thompson
July 5, 2018
In honour of Matthew Thompson, who tragically died while jogging along the Lagan Towpath, Lisburn in 2016, a portable defibrillator has now been fitted at the Lock Gates at Lagan Valley Island along with a memorial plaque.
Thanks to the fundraising efforts of Matthew’s partner, Lauren McCaughtry, who purchased the defibrillator, this life-saving equipment is available and fittingly placed in this location.
Lauren recently visited Lagan Valley Island and met the Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin and members of the Heart City Working Group, which was set up by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council to raise awareness and funds for the British Heart Foundation.
Speaking about the latest addition to the network of portable defibrillators across the city Lauren said: “I’m delighted to have the defibrillator installed near to the towpath and hope for the public to benefit from it in the future. It is a fitting tribute to Matthew, who was so full of life, that he could possibly save a life in the future.”
The Mayor expressed his gratitude to Lauren and said: “This life-saving piece of medical equipment is there to save lives. I would like to thank Lauren for purchasing the defibrillator and working with the Council on this initiative. Out of such a tragedy she was able to do something so positive and I hope that Lauren and Matthew’s family and friends find comfort in doing something so selfless in remembering Matthew. It is so fitting for Lauren and the working group to stand beside the memorial bronze statue of Professor Frank Pantridge who invented the portable defibrillator. We owe so much to this great inventor from Hillsborough.”
He continued: “The work that the Council is doing with the Heart City Working Group is all about reducing the number of deaths from heart disease and cardiac arrest and the installation of portable defibrillators has been forefront in this work.”
The Heart City Defibrillator project involved working with community partners and private individuals to secure a total of 12 Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) and cabinets. Ten of the AEDs were funded by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council following the Professor Frank Pantridge celebration event in October 2016 with the other 2 AEDs provided by members of the public following tragedies within their families.
The locations of the 12 AEDs are:-
Kilmakee Activity Centre
Hillhall Resouce Centre
Laganview Enterprise Centre
Moat Park Pavilion
Comber Greenway at Billy Neil Soccer School of Excellence
Dromara Sports Zone
Enler Centre, Ballybeen
Hydebank Playing Fields
Maghaberry Community Centre
Council Supports Local School Green Community project
July 4, 2018
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council was pleased to have the opportunity to support the recent Green Project at Fort Hill Integrated Primary School, which saw a new polytunnel built within the school grounds; and this green project was initiated by Tesco, Lisburn.
Tesco Community Champion Ann Broome wrote to local schools asking if they had any project which needed urgent assistance. Fort Hill Integrated Primary School’s polytunnel had suffered substantial damage and was in great need of repair, so Tesco’s raised the funds to replace it through a fundraising bag pack and J.P Corry, donated materials.
Fort Hill Integrated Primary School and Nursery Unit are involved in the Council’s waste food recycling project. All food waste from the school is recycled into compost as part of the brown bin recycling service; and returned back to the school for use in the poly tunnel and nursery grounds.
The completed project is a true example of partnership working between a local school, local businesses and the Council. The bag pack at Tesco raised the funds for the new polytunnel cover, J P Corry donated wood bark for the flooring and assisted with some work in this area, Tesco’s provided vegetable seeds and plants while the Council provided compost and a border of wild flowers around the polytunnel.
Mr Clive Anderson, Principal of Fort Hill I.P.S. said: “The amazing compost provided by the Council helps bulbs and vegetables literally jump out of the ground! By encouraging our pupils to garden and experience the wonders of growth, from a young age, we are teaching them a lot about the World around Us. We value the partnership with the Council, in helping make our pupils aware of the importance of recycling towards a greener future. We are indebted to Tesco’s team of volunteers and Ann Broome, their Community Champion, Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council and to J.P. Corry’s for their support to the project.”
Hosepipe Ban Northern Ireland - Public Urged to Use Water Wisely
July 4, 2018
A hosepipe ban was introduced last Friday and the public were asked to limit the use of tap water to the essentials, like drinking, cooking and washing.
An update from NI Water, CEO Sara Venning (4th July 2018) said:-
“The progress that has been made can be attributed to a combination of the good will of the public and the hard work of our dedicated staff.
“When the hosepipe ban was introduced last Friday we appealed to the public to assist us in managing an exceptional situation. I am delighted but not surprised to say that they have done so and we are now in a position where demand whilst still at high levels is reducing.
“The dedication of our staff who have worked tirelessly has also greatly added to this progress.
“None of us can afford to be complacent however and the hosepipe ban is still necessary. As we face into a period of extended dry weather it is essential we all look at adopting water saving habits as part of our day to day lives now, and in the future.”
The following activities are prohibited during this period:
- Watering a garden using a hosepipe
- Watering outdoor plants on domestic or other non-commercial premises using a hosepipe
- Drawing water, using a hosepipe for domestic recreational use
- Filling or maintaining a domestic swimming or paddling pool using a hosepipe
- Filling or maintaining a domestic pond using a hosepipe
- Cleaning a private leisure boat using a hosepipe
- Cleaning a private motor vehicle using a hosepipe
- Cleaning walls or windows of domestic premises using a hosepipe
- Cleaning paths or patios of domestic or other non-commercial premises using a hosepipe
We would strongly advise the public to adhere to this advice as ignoring it will only cause further strain on resources and could lead to interruptions to supply.
The recent hot weather has seen an increase in the demand for water in Northern Ireland of 130 million litres per day.
Des Nevin Head of Customer Services "As we all enjoy the good weather, Northern Ireland Water is working hard to maintain normal supplies across Northern Ireland.
“Staff in our treatment works have increased production by close to 25% to meet the current demand which has risen from normal levels of around 570 million litres per day to a high of 700 million litres yesterday
“That means that each of us is using approximately 200 litres each day compared to the normal 153 litres.
“This increased production allied to the implementation of a well established water supply management plan, which includes increased monitoring of our assets and network, has enabled us to protect the supply of water to customers. However, we would ask the public to work with us as they can play a major part by helping to reduce demand. If demand for water continues at this rate, our storage levels will become a real concern.
“We would expect, and have seen, a rise in water usage particularly in rural areas where, for example farms need more water for animal welfare, and in popular local tourist areas. However, we are asking everyone to think carefully about the use of water around homes and gardens.”
NI Water’s top ten water saving tips include:
1 Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth - A running tap can use 6 litres of water per minute.
2 Take shorter showers - Why not challenge yourself and your family to shower one minute quicker? In a year you could save up to 10,000 litres of water!
3 Take a shower instead of a bath - One bath can use up to 100 litres of water, whereas an efficient shower uses under 50 litres. But remember power showers can use more water than baths.
4 Lawns are great survivors - a sprinkler can use as much as 1,000 litres of clean drinking water in a single hour; more than a family of four would use in a whole day. Even when they look dry and brown, they’ll spring back with the first heavy rain, so avoid watering them wherever possible. Why not re use that water from the kids’ paddling pool and water the garden with it.
5 Use a bowl for washing vegetables - You can reduce water waste by using a bowl to wash and prepare your vegetables. Then you can use the water to rinse your recycling bin.
6 Make full use of your washing machine - Half load programmes on washing machines use more than half the water and energy of a full load, so wait until the machine is full before switching it on.
7 Turn off the tap - Simply turning off the tap while washing your hands or shaving can save over 6 litres of water every minute!
8 Fix leaking taps - A dripping tap can waste more than 60 litres of water per week.
9 Keep a jug of water in the fridge - Planning ahead means there is no need to run the water until it gets cold.
10 Fill the kettle with only as much water as you need - This will save water and energy.
Although our planet is covered in water, only 1% of it is actually drinkable! Approximately 51% of water supplied to customers in Northern Ireland comes from impounding reservoirs. The remainder comes from natural loughs (41%, mainly Lough Neagh), rivers (7%) and borewells (<1%).
More advice and tips can be found at www.niwater.com
Council Celebrates 70 Years of the NHS
July 4, 2018
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is proud to celebrate the 70th birthday of the NHS this year; and will be lighting its civic headquarters, Lagan Valley Island up blue to mark the occasion on Thursday 5th July.
Throughout June, Health & Social Care (HSC) organisations in Northern Ireland will be holding a number of events to highlight the key issues facing the health and social care sector in the years ahead.
Councillor Nathan Anderson, Chairman of the Council’s Corporate Services Committee, speaking about the 70th birthday of the NHS, said: “Everyone across the Lisburn Castlereagh area has availed of the NHS and I am sure that many are surprised that it has only been 70 years since this public health service was founded. Within the Council area we have two hospitals, Lagan Valley Hospital and the Ulster Hospital, which have provided vital care to local families over the years and spanning several generations. These include maternity services, outpatient care, accident & emergency, specialist surgeries, an out of hours GP service and mental health support services.
“However, it is not only the 70th birthday of the NHS that we are celebrating. As a council we also wish to acknowledge the dedication of the doctors, nurses, auxiliary staff, porters and administration staff that all part a role in ensuring we receive quality care. Each one of them has a part to play in ensuring patients are in the right place at the right time and we thank them for their dedication and services,” said Councillor Anderson.
Your pathway to becoming a Hillsborough Tour Guide
July 4, 2018
With exciting new tourism opportunities in Hillsborough village there has never been a better time for a new or enriched career as a Tour Guide.
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is hosting a discounted Tour Guide training course, starting in September, open to anyone in the Hillsborough area wanting to obtain a recognised qualification in Tour Guiding.
Alderman William Leathem, Chairman of the Council’s Development Committee said: “As Hillsborough village prepares for the increase in tourist numbers due to the redevelopment work at Hillsborough Castle, and significant investment in the village by the Council, it is essential that the industry is ready to provide the best possible service to all visitors. The Tour Guide training course will provide the opportunity to gain the invaluable skills and techniques that form the fundamentals of Tour Guiding professionalism. There will be a definite need for Tour Guides in the village and surrounding area, so why not take this opportunity to see if it could be the career for you?”
He continued: “Due to the investment in the area from the Council and Historic Royal Palaces the village could see up to 200,000 visitors each year. This represents many opportunities for the tourism market and for the economy in general. We are actively encouraging as many people as possible to prepare themselves and their businesses for this exciting period in the Council area.”
The Tour Guide course will be delivered over six days in September and October 2018 and will equip participants with the skills to enable them to develop tour commentary and lead groups on an informative and entertaining guided tour of Hillsborough.
As the Council is keen to offer this fantastic opportunity to interested parties the course is available at the discounted cost of £120 per candidate. This nominal charge will cover the six-day training course on the Open College Network Northern Ireland Tour Guiding Award Level 2. Refreshments will be provided on each day and a certificate provided upon completion of the course.
This Tour Guide course is open to all businesses and individuals within Hillsborough village. Training will take place in The Barry Gallery, Downshire Centre, Hillsborough Parish Church, each Thursday from 13th September to 18th October 2018 inclusive from 9.30am to 4pm.
If you are interested in attending or would like a booking form please contact Margaret McAvoy on 028 9244 7630 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
New Junior Parkrun Announced at Lough Moss Leisure Centre
July 4, 2018
On behalf of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor John Gallen, Vice Chairman of the Leisure and Community Development Committee is pleased to launch a new junior parkrun at Lough Moss Leisure Centre beginning on Sunday 8th July.
Open to young people aged 4 to 14, the Lough Moss junior parkrun is a free sporting event that will take place each Sunday morning at 9.30am, and is designed for children to either walk, run or jog their way around the 2k route. Younger children can be accompanied by their parents.
Vice Chairman of the Leisure and Community Development Committee, Councillor John Gallen who was in attendance at the launch, said: “It is widely recognised that staying active offers huge health benefits and protects against many big health risks. Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Sports Services Unit strives to encourage residents, both young and older, to get active and stay active.
“The World Health Organisation states that children and youth up to 17 years old should accumulate at least 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity on a daily basis. Initiatives such as the Lough Moss junior parkrun are extremely valuable in contributing to the health and well-being of current and future younger generations by providing access to exercise and clean fresh air for free.
“While the overall aim of the parkrun is to encourage healthy living in those aged 4 – 14 years, it is also designed to be a fun, friendly event, and I encourage all young people to come along and join in, whatever your pace,” added Councillor Gallen.
The 2k course is marshalled at regular intervals throughout the route, so all participants will be in sight of a marshal at all times.
While the parkrun is free to join in, participants need to initially register before their first run, so they can be provided with a downloadable and printable bar code which enables the kids to take part each week. Following registration, participants bring along the printed bar code they receive which is scanned along with a finishing token to register their completion of the run.
For more information on the parkrun and to register online, visit www.parkrun.org.uk/loughmoss-juniors.
As with all parkruns and junior parkruns, Lough Moss junior parkrun is co-ordinated and managed by a team of Volunteers and event organisers are looking for additional volunteers to assist each Sunday, so if your child is interested in participating, then why not stay to help and join in the fun.
For more information on volunteering at Lough Moss junior parkrun, visit www.parkrun.org.uk or speak to the Run Director or other Volunteers on the day.
Council launches its Vision for Growth and Connecting
July 3, 2018
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council launched its Corporate Plan - ‘Our plan for Growth and Connecting’ in the prestigious setting of Hillsborough Castle this morning (3 July) to an invited audience of elected representatives, local businesses and partner organisations.
The Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin, welcomed everyone and said: “I am pleased to be here in the stunning Throne Room in Hillsborough Castle for the launch of the Council’s Corporate Plan 2018-2022 and beyond. The setting for this morning’s event is significant for a number of reasons and I can’t think of a better place to launch our plan. The redevelopment work of the Castle and investment by the Council in the village will have a major positive impact and once it is fully re-opened we will have a tourist attraction like no other on the Island of Ireland. The Council is working hard to ensure that local businesses prepare for this boost to our economy.”
Chairman of the Council’s Corporate Services Committee, Councillor Nathan Anderson, commented: “Looking at the theme of our Corporate Plan ‘Growth and Connecting’ this truly reflects the overall vision of the Council. We are a strong entrepreneurial Council in every aspect and it is the ambition and the drive of our organisation that keeps us ahead of the game. We have set demanding targets over the next four years focusing on clear themes and we will achieve these. This plan is a roadmap of where we want to be and how we are going to get there. We must seize the opportunities presented to us and better ourselves and our community in any way we can. We must also do this with our core values respect, honesty, excellence, accountability, leadership, and equality at the forefront.”
Chief Executive of the Council, Dr Theresa Donaldson, commented: “This plan provides a focus for staff, elected members and partners making connections across a wide range of services to deliver better lives for all. It also connects all the other plans; the Community Plan, the Local Development Plan and the Performance Improvement Plan; all of which contribute to the delivery of the vision we have for our area. I believe the plan that we have is one that will lead to further success creating new opportunities for individuals, families and communities. The Corporate Plan was recently launched at a joint Historic Royal Palaces and Council event at the Tower of London in April and I am now proud to bring it to you, the residents, businesses and partner organisations of Lisburn and Castlereagh.”
Representatives from SERC, Coca-Cola and Council officers also spoke about the Corporate Plan and what this means to their organisation or to them personally.
The Council’s Corporate Plan outlines targets under five clear themes; Leading Well, Our Economy, Health and Wellbeing, Where we live and Our Community.
The 2018 MCE Ulster Grand Prix is Launched
July 2, 2018
The countdown to the 2018 MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix has begun, as some of the biggest stars in real road racing have gathered once again at Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn to launch the 96th year of Ireland’s oldest road race.
Some of Northern Ireland’s top talent including Lee Johnston and Adam McClean formed part of an all-star line up at the event, along with Peter Hickman,Dean Harrison, Conor Cummins, Dominic Herbertson, Davey Todd and Joey Thompson.
This year’s event, which runs from the 5th-11th August will see significant changes to the practice and racing schedule with the Dundrod 150 national road races, which traditionally ran on the Thursday of Bike Week, now replaced with an extended running order for the international MCE Ulster Grand Prix.
Noel Johnston, Clerk of the Course at the MCE Ulster Grand Prix said: “It has already been an incredible season for international road racing and what better way to conclude it than at Dundrod. We’ve seen records smashed and incredibly close finishes and I cannot wait to see what the 7.4011 circuit has in store.
“Obviously I’m keen to see Peter Hickman and Dean Harrison in action after their incredible battle at the TT. It definitely puts an exciting spin on this year’s event now that Hicky has made the TT the World’s Fastest Road Race! The fan banter has been great but, all of that aside, the key focus for me is rider safety.
“We now have two days of international road racing on Thursday 9th and Saturday 11th August, with the introduction of a 20 minute warm up session on the Saturday. Ultimately these changes and additions have been made with both safety and practicality in mind and we must keep pushing the bar on both fronts as Bike Week continues to grow.”
Alderman Paul Porter, Chairman of the Leisure and Community Development Committee at Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council said: “On behalf of the Council I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank all the riders, teams and visitors for being part of the 2018 MCE Insurance UGP, whether it be their first time or they are returning to the world’s fastest road race. This prominent event in the road racing calendar attracts thousands to the Lisburn and Castlereagh area and I hope that each and every one of them enjoys the sights and facilities the area has to offer.
“The Council is delighted to be a sponsor of the UGP and show its support for this international event. I congratulate the Dundrod and District Motorcycle Club for its continuous improvements to the event facilities and safety measures and attracting more visitors each year. To hear direct from the riders what the race means to them provides us with a great understanding of the importance of the event. Not only do the riders get so much from it, but the spectators who support the race return each year for a thrilling experience.
“The entire event is well organised by the Club and receives great support from all the sponsors including title sponsor MCE Insurance alongside people in the local area who volunteer to ensure the event is a success. I would like to extend my thanks to everyone who contributes to the Ulster Grand Prix; Dundrod remains firmly on the map as the village that is home to Ireland’s oldest and indeed most popular road race.”
Speaking at the event, fan favourite and the World’s Fastest Rider Peter Hickman said: “There’s obviously a lot of talk about the Ulster off the back of the TT, and I’ve had to do a bit of groveling to Noel about taking the lap record, but it is what it is. If we get weather like we did at the TT there’s a really good chance we’ll be bringing it back to Northern Ireland as it’s such a fast circuit.
“I’m really looking forward to Dundrod. The Smiths Racing BMW has been amazing and while BSB has got off to a slightly slower start, the road racing side of things has been really strong. The track time has been invaluable though and I’m really happy with what I’ve got and the people around me, and that’s what makes a big difference.
Noel concluded: “We couldn’t continue to grow without the support of our title sponsor, MCE Insurance; our event partners, Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Tourism NI and the Ulster Grand Prix Supporters Club, as well as our individual race partners, volunteers and fans, all of whom make this truly incredible event possible.”
Bike Week runs from the 5th – 11th August 2018 and wristbands can be purchased via www.ulstergrandprix.net.
Former Mayor recognised for Fundraising Efforts
July 2, 2018
At the recent Institute of Fundraising NI Awards ceremony Councillor Brian Bloomfield MBE received an award for his partnership with local charity, TinyLife when he was Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council.
During his term as Mayor 2016/17 Councillor Bloomfield MBE raised over £90,000 for the premature baby charity.
Speaking about the Award, Councillor Bloomfield MBE, said: “I am surprised and humbled to receive this Highly Commended award. I chose TinyLife as my charity because I know from first-hand experience the vital support that it offers local families. My grandson was born eight weeks prematurely; and for the family this was a difficult and uncertain time. He is fit and strong now and the support offered to my daughter and her husband both at the hospital and at home was simply superb.
“The incredible amount of £90,497.69 was raised thanks to the generosity of residents and groups within the Lisburn Castlereagh area. I am delighted that this money is helping TinyLife to continue to offer services and support to the six babies born too soon every day in Northern Ireland. It was a pleasure to work with the TinyLife team during my term as Mayor and this charity will always have a place in my heart.
“It was also a pleasure to have the opportunity to champion the good work of TinyLife and ensure everyone I met understood the importance of giving tiny babies every opportunity to thrive and learn. I believe that there has been an increase in the uptake of its services and the number of volunteers as a result of all the awareness raising done through my role in the Council. I am extremely proud of everyone who worked with me as part of my Charity Committee during my mayoral term. Lastly I would like to thank my wife Rosalind for her support during all the charity events and my mayoral term.”
Councillor Bloomfield MBE raised money from a number of events throughout his mayoral term such as: Lisburn City Old Vehicle Club Vintage Car Run, Lisburn Half Marathon & Fun Run, Twilight Night by Fairylight, a Tesco Bag Pack, a Fireworks Display at Thiepval Barracks, Carol Singing in Bow Street Mall, a Charity Table Quiz, a Charity Golf Day, a Ladies Vintage Tea Evening and many more.
Council working on 'A Great Deal' for Lisburn & Castlereagh
June 29, 2018
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is one of six local authorities working on a collaborative basis on the Belfast Region City Deal, an exciting initiative to deliver a new package of investment worth up to £1 billion, and a first for Northern Ireland.
City Deal is a unique opportunity for local Councils in the Belfast Region to tap directly into government funding to help deliver on key local economic priorities which aim to deliver an ambitious new investment plan which will improve infrastructure, digital connectivity, tourism assets and innovation hubs as well as delivering a major skills programme.
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council has submitted a number of strategic infrastructure, tourism, innovation & digital projects as part of their local proposition. The partner Councils are also part of a Belfast Region City Deal Joint Council Forum and Programme Board, and along with Elected Members and Chief Executives from all of the participating councils, recently participated in a workshop hosted by Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council, to discuss and further refine the overarching Belfast Region City Deal proposition. The workshop which was facilitated by Gordon Matheson, former leader of Glasgow City Council who has a proven track record in securing and delivering UK City Deals, was also an opportunity to review the challenging timeline which will see the Belfast Region City Deal finalised by the end of September 2018, in time for the next Chancellors statement in November 2018.
The Right Worshipful the Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin said: ‘The Council is very pleased to be part of this exciting initiative, and working with the other Belfast Region City Deal Partners, we have a vision to create ‘more and better jobs’ across all of the region’s growth sectors, pushing the ‘fast-forward’ button on economic growth in the Belfast Region and ensuring that these opportunities are accessible across all of our communities, with a balanced spread of benefits across all of the partner Council areas including Lisburn & Castlereagh’.
Dr Theresa Donaldson, Chief Executive of the Council said: ‘Elected Members and Chief Executives are working hard behind the scenes to ensure the Belfast Region City Deal delivers a great deal for Lisburn & Castlereagh. In short the Belfast Region City Deal will be a game changer in terms of delivering on the Councils economic ambitions, and the Council wants to ensure that local citizens are best positioned to reap the rewards.’
The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Cllr Uel Mackin; Dr. Theresa Donaldson, Chief Executive and Elected Members recently participated in a workshop to discuss the Belfast Region City Deal proposition. The workshop was facilitated by Mr Gordon Matheson, former Leader of Glasgow City Council.
Council Launches its Good Relations & Cultural Identity Grant 2018
June 28, 2018
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is now inviting applications for its ‘Good Relations & Cultural Identity’ grant scheme, which will provide funding for community relations and cultural diversity projects.
The closing date for applications is Friday 27th July at 12 noon for the opportunity to receive up to £2,000 of grant aid for projects that meet the objectives of the scheme.
The aim of the scheme is to promote good relations between people of different religious and political beliefs and the different racial groups within the whole council area.
Alderman Paul Porter, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee speaking about this grant, said: “I am delighted to announce the return of the Council’s Good Relations & Cultural Identity grant. This scheme is open to all community groups and other organisations involved in reconciliation and cultural diversity.
“The Council understands that those who apply for these grants are reliant on the funding support to develop and implement a programme of events and activities to address good relations issues with the local area. It is through the hard work of such organisations and the Council’s Community Services Unit that we can continue to work together to strengthen and further develop the Lisburn Castlereagh community by building effective relationships,” concluded Alderman Porter.
Applications are welcomed under any or all of the following themes based on the ‘Together: Building a United Community’ Strategy:
- Our Children and Young People
- Our Shared Community
- Our Safe Community
- Our Cultural Expression
Anyone interested in applying is advised to read all the documentation associated with the grant scheme in advance, which is available to download from www.lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk/community
Alternatively hard copies of the application form or further information can be received from the Community Services team at:
Bridge Community Centre, 50 Railway Street, Lisburn, BT28 1XP, by phoning
028 9244 7713 or emailing email@example.com
The Council’s Good Relations Officer is hosting two public information workshops to provide applicant groups and organisations with information relating to the completion of applications to this Good Relations & Cultural Identity grant scheme. You must register your attendance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The workshops will take place on
- Tuesday 17th July in the Bridge Community Centre at 6:30pm, and
- Wednesday 18th July in Moneyreagh Community Centre at 6:30pm
The Council’s Good Relations programme receives financial support from the Executive Office through its ‘District Council’s Good Relations Programme’.
Please ensure all applications are submitted in hard copy by 12 noon on Friday 27th July.
Call for Participants in the Council’s Holocaust Programme
June 28, 2018
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council will be running a ‘Holocaust Memorial Day Programme’ from September 2018 to January 2019 and is encouraging local community and voluntary group members to sign up.
The Holocaust Programme will include two preparation workshops for the participants in advance of a four day residential visit to Poland. It is essential that all participants are available and able to travel to Poland during the months of September and November 2018. After the trip there will be two post-programme workshops to develop an exhibition to launch on Holocaust Memorial Day in January 2019.
This capacity building programme is suitable for those active in the fields of culture, identity and history within all communities in the Lisburn Castlereagh area. There are a limited number of places available with a maximum of three participants per organisation eligible to apply. All participants must have the consent of their organisations before applying.
Alderman Paul Porter, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee, speaking about this new programme said: “The Holocaust Programme is a three-part project designed to improve understanding. It is appropriate that this Good Relations programme will study the Holocaust, one of the world’s most terrible periods in history which should never be forgotten.
“During the four day residential to Krakow and the surrounding areas, the programme participants will be encouraged to challenge prejudice, promote tolerance and embrace cultural diversity. In today’s society is it very important that the dignity of everyone is respected and that there is no acceptance of discrimination, prejudice, racism and intolerance. This is a strong message that resounded around the world after the Holocaust. I am sure all the participants on this programme will remember the experience for years to come and find the visit meaningful.”
To apply for the Holocaust programme please forward to Lynsey Gray, the Council’s Good Relations Officer a one page motivation letter, proof of ID, a short description of your organisation’s activities and the contact details of two referees.
All applications must be received by 12 noon on Friday 17th August by email to email@example.com
Customer Information for Lagan Valley Island
June 28, 2018
We wish to advise our valued customers and visitors to Lagan Valley Island that some essential site enhancement work will take place during July and August and contractors will be on-site.
The work will begin week commencing 2nd July.
During this time we would request that all our patrons follow instructional signage which will be in place for your health and safety and for the safety of others while entering and exiting Lagan Valley Island.
There may be disruption to pathways and to traffic flow on occasions. Please ensure that if you are driving, you keep your speed within the complex’s speed limits for everyone’s safety and if you are on foot or have small children please follow designated pathways.
Work will involve the pedestrian footbridge, permanent traffic calming measures to the roadways and a new pedestrian walkway for the Island Arts Centre entrance
We will provide further updates on this Facebook page.
Entry Now Open for the 2018 Lisburn City Triathlon & Aquathlon
June 27, 2018
On behalf of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Alderman Paul Porter, Chairman of the Leisure and Community Development Committee is delighted to launch the 2018 Lisburn City Triathlon & Aquathlon.
The annual sporting event will take place on Sunday 29th July, at 9.15am from Lagan Valley LeisurePlex.
Open to everyone aged 16 and over, Lisburn City Triathlon, a much anticipated race in Ireland’s triathlon calendar, will welcome some of Northern Ireland’s top triathletes, demonstrating strength and endurance across the following disciplines; a 750m pool swim, a 24km cycle and 5km run.
The Aquathlon will enable young people, under the age of 16, to shine and put their training into practice across a continuous, two-stage race involving a 200m pool swim and 2km run.
Speaking at the launch, Chairman of the Leisure and Community Development Committee, Alderman Paul Porter said: “The Lisburn City Triathlon is the epitome of endurance and is one of many high profile events that the Council is extremely honoured to host year on year.
“I have great respect for all entrants who literally push themselves to the limit and go that extra mile completing what is acknowledged as one of the most demanding events in the world of sport.
“Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is passionate about promoting physical activity at all levels, and I hope people will be inspired to put on their swimmers, jump on a bike, pull on their trainers and run with us this July.
“I would encourage anyone who is up for the challenge to register online at www.triathlonireland.com and give it a go,” concluded Alderman Paul Porter.
The Lisburn City Triathlon & Aquathlon is perfect for both beginners and experienced athletes a like. The entry fee for the Triathlon is £26 and £8 to enter the Aquathlon.
There will be £750 prize money up for grabs for the Triathlon, plus each participant will receive a commemorative t-shirt. There will also be well-deserved and much needed refreshments available for all participants after the event.
To take up the challenge, please register online at www.triathlonireland.com. Deadline for entry is Sunday 22nd July 2018 at 4.00pm.
For further information, call 028 9250 9461 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contractor appointed to deliver further improvements to Lisburn City Centre
June 26, 2018
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council has recently appointed Civil Engineering Company FP McCann as the contractor for Lisburn Linkages, the next phase of the City Centre Public Realm scheme.
The scheme will further improve the physical appearance of the gateways to Lisburn City Centre which will include the upgrading of pavements in Castle Street, Railway Street, Bachelors Walk, Antrim Street, Bridge Street and Seymour Street as part of Council’s regeneration initiative to provide a high quality attractive City Centre environment.
The Department for Communities is investing approximately £1.5 million in this project with the Council investing a further £1 million.
Alderman William Leathem, Chairman of the Council's Development Committee said: “The Council are looking forward to seeing the upgrade of pavements that will further enhance the `Streetscape` of the City Centre.
“This is a significant investment in Lisburn City Centre, by both the Council and the Department which will complement other public realm work already completed in the city that created a wonderful new events space where visitors enjoy the free events programme alongside the attractive water and lighting features. By improving linkages to other areas across the City we hope to make it a much more accessible environment. It is good to be at the stage of having an experienced contractor such as FP McCann on board and ready to start.”
Louise Warde Hunter, Deputy Secretary at the Department for Communities added: “The Council’s appointment of the contractor is a key step in delivering further improvements in the city centre. These works will improve the linkages and connectivity between key developments such as Castle Gardens, Market Square and Bow Street Mall and further improve the quality of experience for the city’s residents and visitors by creating a more attractive and safe area to work, shop and relax. This work along with the ongoing shop frontages scheme is transforming Lisburn city centre and the Department is pleased to support this ongoing regeneration.”
George Best Community Cup returns to the Soccer Centre of Excellence
June 26, 2018
The Billy Neill Soccer Centre of Excellence in Dundonald once again hosted the two day annual George Best Community Cup, the biggest Disability Football Tournament in the UK.
This annual tournament is run by the Irish Football Association (IFA) and supported by the George Best Foundation and Cash for Kids through the Mary Peters Trust. It has taken place at the Billy Neill Soccer Centre of Excellence since 2005.
Alderman Paul Porter, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee, visiting the tournament, said: “This year over 50 five-a-side teams from disability football clubs across the UK and Ireland took part. They competed across four ability bands, which are for differing levels of mental, physical and learning disabilities. The ability and team spirit of all the participants was fantastic and made for an enjoyable competition. All the participants gave their all throughout the tournament which saw over 300 games take place on the 12 pitches. I believe over 500 goals were scored during the tournament which is no small achievement.
“It was great to see so many clubs with male and mixed gender teams taking part; and I was delighted to have the opportunity to present some of the winning teams with their medals and cup. I would like to thank the IFA for arranging this tournament in the Lisburn Castlereagh area once again and the Mary Peters Trust for continuing to support it. We hope that everyone enjoyed their stay and the Council facilities at the Billy Neill Soccer Centre of Excellence. Congratulations to all the players, their coaches and the volunteers who ensured this was a memorable tournament for everyone.”