Cutting the first sod for Maghaherry's new Village Hall are
(L-R) Leo Matheson. Leo Matheson Contracts; Gillian Finlay,
Chairperson Maghaberry Community Association; Mayor of Lisburn
and local Councillor for the Maghaberry area. CIA James Tinsley:
Chairman of Lisburn City Council's Leisure Services Committee,
Cllr Brian Heading and Eamon McMullan, Rural development
MAGHABERRY is set to benefit from a brand new
village hall costing over half a million pounds.
The first sod was cut this week at the site
spanning 5.4 acres of land which was made available by housing
developers Lewis and Coulter for the village green in the centre
Funding for construction of the £550,000
village hall, which will occupy part of this land, was majority
funded by Lisburn City Council, together with a substantial
contribution from the Rural Development Council of £150,000 and
an additional £20,000 from the local Community Association
Chairman of the Council's Leisure Services
Committee, Councillor Brian Heading said: 'As part of Lisburn
City Councils 'Satellite Community Centre Programme', I am
delighted to see work commence on this site and over the next
few months while construction progresses, I look forward to
Council Officers working with the Community Association to
deliver the community development plan."
The local community will use the village hall
for a variety of programmes, including a youth club and social
activities for elderly people. Maghaberry Community Association
has been working towards putting a community development plan in
place and the village hall is a key element in delivering
services in the Maghaberry area.
Chairperson of Maghaberry Community
Association, Ms Gillian Finlay is looking forward to seeing
construction underway and said: "Over a number of years many
people from the village have served on Maghaberry Community
Association, working to bring this project to fruition.
"I would like to pay tribute to everyone in
the village who has given of their valuable time, and
acknowledge Lisburn City Council and other Statutory agencies
for their continuing help and support.
"Maghaberry Village and all local residents
in the area are keenly anticipating their own village hall."