Go ahead for West Lisburn youth centre

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The Resurgam Trust has been given the go ahead to redevelop the West Lisburn Community Centre.

Planning permission was granted at a recent meeting of Lisburn City Council’s Planning Committee for the demolition of the community centre at Drumbeg Drive.

The centre will then be replaced with a new Youth Resource Centre for 10-25 year olds.

The development will also include an external ball game area, a sports hall, drop-in facilities and meeting rooms.

The new centre is expected to cost in the region of £558,000 and will be a safe environment for activities and where young people can develop and interact.

It will be a tremendous achievement for the youth work team and Resurgam’s Francie Ferris, who is the SEELB Area Youth Worker, stated that it would be a great resource for not only the young people in Old Warren but also young people from other areas who can use the multi-purpose centre to engage in both recreational and educational activities.

The Youth Centre will be the first of its kind to be located within a disadvantaged area of Lisburn and will be used to connect young people from all areas.

The centre will provide the platform to deliver programmes tackling poor health and educational outcomes and will be a centre of excellence for communities within Lisburn City.

Samuel Hamilton, Chairperson of Old Warren Community Association, e said that the centre had served its purpose but that Old Warren had seen a journey of development and change and that Laganview Enterprise Centre and now West Lisburn Community Centre was evidence of the distance we had travelled as a community.

Freeman of Lisburn, Mr Ivan Davis, welcomed the news that the centre will now go ahead. “I am confident that any project undertaken in Old Warren will be a positive development for the area,” he said. “I would like to forward my congratulations to those involved because this can do nothing but further enhance the area.”