ROWALLENE Independent Councillor Terry Andrews has welcomed the announcement that Saintfield is to get a new leisure centre.
Councillor Andrews said: “After years of campaigning by successive Councillors and Community Groups, I am delighted that Saintfield is to finally get a much needed purpose-built community facility at the B J Caraher site on the Belfast Road following the announcement that Down District Council has purchased this property.
“The location itself is quite central with easy access for public transport and those on foot, and Saintfield High School is also close by .The new Centre will be delivered through a Partnership comprising the Council , the Department of Education , Youth Service the High School along with the Saintfield Development Association, and local community and sports groups all of which will be the driving force and have a major input and say into the design process for this project.
“All this is good news and is to be welcomed,and I am delighted personally after so many years that the cherished dreams and aspirations of Saintfield residents are now to become a reality. I would like to pay tribute to my fellow Rowallene Councillors ,DDC officials, the Saintfield Development Association and other Community Organisations, all of who have worked so hard and tirelessly for a long time to make this happen and all the good news is due to them.
“I look forward to the not too distant day when the doors open and everyone will be able to use and enjoy a state-of-the-art building and facilities,” added Councillor Andrews.