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Discussions Over Saintfield Leisure Centre
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STRANGFORD DUP Jim Shannon and local MLA Simon Hamilton have hosted a meeting between Down Down District Council Chief Executive John Dumigan and Saintfield Town Regeneration Committee to discuss a wide range of issues affecting Saintfield.

Speaking after the meeting, Jim Shannon MP said, “I am always keen to work with local communities to enhance and improve the towns and villages in our area. Saintfield is fortunate to have an energetic Town Regeneration Committee who are devoted to doing the best for Saintfield.

“I was glad to be able to host this meeting so that the Committee and the community’s frustration about an under-investment in Saintfield could be aired directly with Down District Council. Saintfield has seen investment in facilities in other villages and even hamlets across Down and rightly feel that what they pay in rates is not being reinvested in their town.

“Also, I am pleased that John Dumigan was able to take the time to address the Committee’s concerns and in particular update them on the Council’s plans for approximately £4 million worth of investment in a new community centre”.

Discussions about a new leisure centre in Saintfield are taking place. Pictured are DUP MLA Simon Hamilton, Gerry Lowe, Saintfield Regeneration Committee, Strangford MP Jim Shannon, John Branch, Down District Councillor Billy Walker, Des Robinson and Lawrence Murphy.

Simon Hamilton MLA added, “The need for a community centre for Saintfield has been a burning issue in the town for years. It was great to hear from John Dumigan  that the Council is committed to the scheme and is moving forward with its plans to give Saintfield a much needed state of the art £4 million community facility.

“We were also able to discuss issues like the absent bottle banks and the regeneration of the Main Street with him and we look forward to working with the Council to realise these and other goals for Saintfield”.