Council investment in Colin tops £17 million
3 Nov 2017
Belfast City Council’s investment in Colin will top the £17 million mark when redevelopment work begins on Brook Activity Centre in the New Year.
Councillor Deirdre Hargey, Chair of Belfast’s City Council’s Strategic Policy and Resources Committee said the new centre is the latest project to be undertaken by the council since Colin moved to Belfast under Local Government Reform.
“The £15 million investment in Brook, which is part of our overall £105 million leisure transformation programme for the city, will provide state-of-the-art sports and leisure facilities to help local people improve their health and wellbeing while playing a significant role in the regeneration of the local area” said Cllr Hargey.
The new centre, which is due to complete in 2019, will include numerous 3G pitches, a large 5 court sports hall, and a 25 metre pool - bringing swimming close to home for the first time for many residents.
This flagship investment comes on top of other improvement projects that the council has delivered or provided funding towards in the area since April 2015.
Through their Local Investment Fund, council has supported a number of local projects including the creation of a Sky Trek Outdoor Activity Centre at Colin Glen Trust, a new playground at Colin Valley Football Club and the adventure play trail at St Luke’s Nursery School.
Additionally, new amenities including a new 3G pitch at Sally Gardens Community Centre, the recently opened playground at Black’s Road and upgrade works to Lisburn Bridges, Mount Eagles Playground and Twinbrook Wildlife Park have all been delivered.
The council is also committed to working in partnership with central government departments to deliver regeneration programmes in Colin including the development of a new destination park along the Stewartstown Road as part of the Urban Villages Initiative’s Colin Masterplan.
We are also installing alleygates to reduce anti-social behaviour and fear of crime in the area as part of the Department for Communities’ Building Successful Communities programme.