The Democratic Unionist Party has called on Causeway Coast and Glens Borough councillors to “ditch the electioneering stunts,” and approve the sale of the vacant Dunluce Centre leisure venue in Portrush.
With plans for a new FEC on the table from investors, DUP councillors urged representatives to reject a Call- In by the Ulster Unionist Party opposing the sale, stating the venture will give the borough “value for money.”
“The Dunluce Centre in Portrush has been closed since 2013, been on the market twice and has been a drain on council resources costing Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council ratepayers in the region of £350k just to maintain an empty building since 2015,” said a DUP spokesperson.
“We are currently being offered £1.2m by an investor with plans of considerable further investment to open ‘A Family Entertainment Complex’. This investment alongside the annual maintenance savings of approximately £50k provides considerable savings to the Borough ratepayer.”
The call comes after UUP councillor Alderman Hillis took to social media to state “there will be an Assembly Election in May this year so it is worth bearing in mind which parties chose to ignore the electorate.”
However, the DUP observed that the alternative – a council-managed community centre – would require considerable annual expenditure 0.75 percent above the current rate, during “a time of extreme financial pressures.”