In an article in the Portadown Times under the headline; “Frustration as the £30m centre plan remains on drawing board,” attention is drawn to the fact that after eight years, the new super leisure complex destined for central Craigavon hasn’t happened.
Commenting on this, UKIP Representative for Upper Bann, Councillor David Jones, who campaigned at the time to retain all three – still believes that ‘one major centre’ is the wrong way forward.
Councillor Jones said:
“If these plans go ahead, Portadown and Lurgan; the two biggest towns in ABC will be left without vital facilities, while smaller areas within the Council boundary such as Banbridge, Armagh and Keady will have these facilities.
If £10m was spent on each of the facilities, they would be a great boost to the towns. It’s not too late to restore the hard-won leisure centres to the two main towns within the former Craigavon Borough Council area.”
Councillor Jones added:
“We at UKIP are concerned that if Cascades closes, a major opportunity will be lost. Looking at the facility, its proximity to the new Health Centre and vacant land (believed to be in Council ownership) where the old Health Centre stood.
Development could lead to a 21st century state of the art Health Park. Such a proposal could become a public private enterprise opening up major benefits not only for the town, but also its people; improving health, reducing illness and hospital admissions.”
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