The Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council ‘NI 100 Centenary Events’ grant fund is now open for applications.
Grants of up to £400, are available to constituted community and voluntary groups to mark the centennial year of Northern Ireland with an open and accessible to everyone project or event between May and December 2021.
Submitted applications should reflect an inclusive community focused programme or event, depending on the government guidance regarding Covid-19. The grant is a way to mark the centenary and inspire future generations. The online application should be submitted by 12 noon on Thursday 1st April, if you need any support in accessing the application please contact the Community Helpline on 028 9244 7713.
Celebrate As A Community
Alderman Michael Henderson MBE, Leisure & Community Development Committee Chairman speaking about this fund, said: “We want local communities to have the opportunity to mark the centenary of Northern Ireland. We look forward to receiving applications for either in person or virtual events that use art, photographs, talks, dance or film to encourage a sense of community. Over the last 100 years there are many individuals who have helped to improve our communities and lives, in our own City we have Professor Frank Pantridge CBE who invented the portable defibrillator” said Alderman Henderson MBE.
Councillor Scott Carson, Chairman of the council’s NI 100 Cross-party Working Group added: “Council officers and elected members have been working together to create a varied programme of activities to be enjoyed by everyone. Alongside this our communities can avail of financial assistance to bring innovative and new activities to their residents too. Our projects include working with local schools, exhibitions, historic talks and biodiversity enhancements across the whole council area.”
Councillor David Honeyford, Vice-Chair of the Leisure & Community Development Committee concluded: “As a council we want to support all communities in having an inclusive programme or event. This funding gives community and voluntary groups the opportunity to mark the centenary while ensuring that local people across the district of Lisburn and Castlereagh can participate in the events and activities offered. We hope that the grants can support communities, whether it is a virtual programme or event, to promote community cohesion in an innovative and engaging way.”
All NI 100 projects that receive a council grant must be in line with relevant government and public health guidance and regulations.
Complete your application before 12 noon on 1st April. You can access it online.
The council would like to remind local groups that any application which is outside the timescale or government and public health COVID-19 guidance will not be eligible for funding.
Ribbon Cutting for Blaris Greenway Extension
Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon has officially opened an extension to the Blaris Greenway scheme.
The latest phase of the scheme links Sprucefield Park and Ride to Halftown Road, a distance of 1.4 kilometres. This brings the total length of the Greenway to 2.8 kilometres from Halftown Road to Blaris Road where it connects with Union Locks, Lisburn and the Lagan Towpath, providing a virtually traffic free route of around 24 kilometres into Belfast city centre.
The path is four metres wide along the majority of its length and also incorporates a series of passing bays along the route to allow local access for agricultural vehicles, providing ample space for everyone to share safely.
Minister Mallon said: “As more of us are choosing pedal power or walking over the traditional car this latest safe traffic-free route will be a welcome addition to the increasingly popular Blaris Greenway by those from local communities who wish to walk, wheel or cycle as a form of leisure or as part of their daily commute.
“The path is conveniently located within reach of Culcavy and Hillsborough, provides access to Maze-Long Kesh and has direct public transport connections to Belfast from the Sprucefield Park and Ride site.
“It was important for me that the local farming community also had access to their agricultural land and I am pleased that we have been able to incorporate passing bays along the path, providing safe passage for all who travel along it.
“I remain committed to creating more active travel opportunities and developing sustainable infrastructure projects and I will continue to work with Executive colleagues, councils and other partners to help deliver cleaner, greener, sustainable active travel infrastructure across our island.”
Caroline Bloomfield, Sustrans Northern Ireland Director said: “It is fantastic to see this high quality, safe walking and cycling route all the way from the Maze village in Co Down to Belfast. It enhances the National Cycle Network, extending NCN Route 9 via the Lagan Towpath to give more than 20 kilometres of virtually traffic-free walking and cycling. Greenways are essential to ensure walking and cycling can be for everyone, whatever their ability. With so many people living along this corridor there are huge benefits for people’s physical and mental health, as well as the environment.”
Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Nicholas Trimble added: “We are delighted that the Blaris Greenway is progressing and connecting more of our rural areas with Lisburn city centre and the towpath into Belfast. I am confident that cyclists will enjoy the opportunity to cycle further off-road and can use it to get to any events that may take place at the Maze-Long Kesh site in the future. I would like to thank the Department for Infrastructure for their continued investment in our area.”
Exciting Development at Dundonald Ice Bowl as Planning Permission Approved
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council has approved planning permission to redevelop Dundonald International Ice Bowl with plans that will see it transformed in to a top class attraction with state of the art facilities in a sleek, modern fit for purpose building.
Councillor Stuart Hughes, Chairman of the Capital Projects Committee said: “I am delighted to see this project pass a key milestone. The innovative plans include a new Olympic sized ice rink, the only public one on the island of Ireland putting Lisburn and Castlereagh on the map in the professional skating world.
“Along with tenpin bowling and a children’s soft play & adventure play area, we will attract visitors from across NI and beyond, ensuring we retain our status as one of NI’s leading visitor attractions.
“The local community will also benefit from new primary health care and community facilities including an outdoor children’s play area. There will be restaurants, offices and new car parking, all surrounded by contemporary landscaping. I am excited to see how this develops.”
Alderman Michael Henderson MBE, Chairman of the Leisure & Community Development Committee added: “The success of Dundonald International Ice Bowl speaks for itself, welcoming over 600,000 people through its doors each year. Its importance as a regional attraction is evident, supporting tourism, economic activity, job creation and now providing services to the community under these new plans.
“The new Dundonald International Ice Bowl will bring so many benefits to the area and the surrounding businesses. Plans will be phased so that visitors can continue to enjoy the Ice Bowl and all that it offers during development and so that jobs can be sustained throughout the process.
“I welcome the approval of planning for this project and am excited to see the plans progress.”