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New £1m Sullatober Household Recycling Centre Project Takes Another Step Forward

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Cllr William McCaughey, looks over the plans at Sullatober HRC along with Site Manager, Jessica Stronge from CIVCO.

Plans for a new £1million waste recycling facility in Carrickfergus, have taken another step forward with the closure of the existing site from Saturday 2 October at 5pm.

Residents who currently use the facility will be asked to travel to Larne South Household Recycling Centre (HRC), located at Island Road Lower, Islandmagee from Monday 4 October until early 2022.

Please note that it is necessary to book an appointment to gain access to Larne South HRC. This can be done using Mid and East Antrim Borough Council’s online booking system https://mea-hrcbookings.ccgbcapps.com/or by contacting 0300 124 5000 (Option 0).

The new Sullatober Household Recycling Centre, when completed, will be more than double the size of the existing facility to cater for some 40,000 residents. The new facility will be located directly opposite the current recycling site.

As well as increasing the amount of waste segregation by over 20%, the new facility will help Council to divert over 1,000 tonnes of waste from landfill each year.

The development will also result in more efficient waste compaction and haulage, with new material streams for recycling and a reduction in carbon emissions.

Planning approval was granted in December 2020, with Council securing £995,000 in funding from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) for the project.

Work commenced at the site in May 2021 and is expected to last until February 2022.

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor William McCaughey, welcomed the progress made on the project.

“The new Sullatober Household Recycling Centre will provide a much more efficient service for the residents of Carrickfergus, and is a welcome milestone in Council’s key strategic aim of creating a sustainable and healthy local environment which is protected for future generations.

“By increasing segregation of waste and the quality of materials collected, the new Recycling Centre will support local processors and the circular economy of Northern Ireland.

“The closure of the existing Sullatober recycling centre from Saturday 2 October at 5pm, will allow for construction works to progress. We are pleased to continue providing a recycling centre service to Carrickfergus and the surrounding areas through provision at Larne South Household Recycling Centre, into early 2022.

“Thank you to our local residents for their patience while the work is ongoing.”

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Sign up for the COP26 Regional Climate Roadshow today

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council along with Antrim and Newtownabbey Council is calling on residents and local businesses to sign up for the COP26 Regional Climate Roadshow, an online event aimed at raising an awareness and understanding of climate change.

This roadshow will take place on Monday 8 November from 10am to 12 noon and will coincide with the ‘Adaption, Loss and Damage’ themed day at the Glasgow COP26 Conference, which focusses on delivering the practical solutions needed to adapt to climate impacts and address loss and damage.

For nearly three decades the UN has been bringing together almost every country on earth for global climate summits – called COPs – which stands for ‘Conference of the Parties’. In that time, climate change has gone from being a fringe issue to a global priority.

This year will be the 26th annual summit will take place in Glasgow with world leaders arriving in Scotland alongside tens of thousands of negotiators, government representatives, businesses and citizens for twelve days of talks. In the run up to COP26 the UK is working with every nation to reach agreement on how to tackle climate change.

As part of the roadshow a complement of key speakers have been invited to give an update on emerging climate science, the local business perspective, how Council is responding to the climate change agenda and how residents and businesses can get involved.

Key speakers include the Met Office, Climate NI, Rivers Agency, GenComm, Energia, Natural World Products, Bryson Recycling, MyNI, Mayors and Council officers.

Council’s COP26 Regional Climate Roadshow will be livestreamed to the COP26 Conference in Glasgow on the 8 November 2021. This is part of the Glasgow COP26 Conference taking place from the 1-12 November.

To sign up to this event visit the Eventbrite page: cop26regionalclimateroadshow.eventbrite.co.uk

An email containing the joining link will be sent out in advance of the Roadshow taking place on the 8 November. For more information on the climate agenda and COP26 activities, please check out our Council webpage: www.midandeastantrim.gov.uk/COP26

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Changing Children’s Lives Through the Wonder of Play

Play therapy and creativity are making big differences to little people’s mental health and wellbeing, thanks to the work of a not-for-profit social enterprise spearheaded by Ballymena woman, Eileen Russell.

Eileen has thanked Mid and East Antrim Borough Council for its support at every step of her business journey, and recently invited Mayor, Councillor William McCaughey, to the company’s premises in Kells.

With 15 years of public sector experience under her belt, Eileen set up WayMaker Child Therapy C.I.C. in 2019.

Since then, the ever-increasing pressures and child mental health waiting lists across Northern Ireland have only further cemented her commitment that every child should have access to highly qualified help when they need it, regardless of a family’s financial situation.

To support the growth of the business, Council’s Business Escalator Plus Programme initially provided expert mentoring to assist with web and ecommerce development.

This unlocked a wider pathway of supports, which included the InnovateUs Programme to develop a Virtual Learning Environment online, delivered by South West Regional College’s InnoTech Centre, and funded by the Department for the Economy.

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor William McCaughey, said:

“I was delighted to meet Eileen and the WayMaker Child Therapy team to hear how their work is making a real difference to children and families all over Northern Ireland.

“Eileen spoke very highly of the business and mentoring support she has received from Council, and it was fantastic to see the results of that in such a successful and important social enterprise.

“I would encourage all businesses, and even any individual who is just thinking about starting out on their own, to find out what help they can avail of through Council’s Economic Development Team at www.midandeastantrim.gov.uk

Eileen added:

“From the first step, I have felt very supported throughout my business journey by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council.

“The council’s Business Client Manager, Ally McGarry, keeps in touch regularly to share opportunities that are relevant to the business. As he has developed an in-depth knowledge of our business, he can advise and provide wrap-around support to keep us moving forward.

“I am very thankful for all their support and expertise and look forward to continuing my journey. If you are a business in the Mid and East Antrim area, please get in touch and let their expertise help your business think strategically to develop and grow.”

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