New community facility opens in Lagmore
16 Nov 2017
A new, purpose-built community facility has been officially opened in the Lagmore area of west Belfast.
The new building, in the grounds of Christ The Redeemer Church, will be home to the Lagmore Community Forum, and will be the organisation’s first premises since it was founded in 2000.
The building will also provide a much needed space for a number of other local groups, including youth services, Sure Start, a children’s drama club, a parents’ support group and a special needs early years support group all providing vital services for people in the local community.
Working closely with the local community, this building, which was funded by the Urban Villages Initiative and delivered by Belfast City Council, was officially opened this morning (Thursday 16 November).
Éamonn Scott, the founding Chairperson of Lagmore Community Forum, said:
"Today is a good day for the people of Lagmore, a long awaited and much needed facility for our community. As well as providing a permanent base for Lagmore Community Forum, it also creates a safe place for local groups to meet and we are already experiencing extremely high demand for the facility. Thank you to everyone who made this possible.”
Councillor Deirdre Hargey, Chair of Belfast City Council’s City Growth and Regeneration Committee, added: “The Council is delighted to have worked with the Lagmore Community Forum and the Urban Villages Initiative to deliver this wonderful project, and to finally provide a permanent home to the Forum after all these years.
“Since the Colin area moved into the Belfast City Council area in 2015, we have invested heavily in projects in the locality. Indeed, when redevelopment work starts on the Brook Activity Centre in the New Year, our investment in the area will top £17 million. This new building for the Lagmore Community Forum is an important aspect of our partnership working in the area, and a clear demonstration of our commitment to deliver the aims of the Belfast Agenda and the Urban Villages Initiative.”
The Urban Villages Initiative is a key action within the Northern Ireland Executive’s ‘Together: Building a United Community’ Strategy. Dr Mark Browne, Director of Strategic Policy, Equality and Good Relations in The Executive Office commented:
“It is wonderful to see this new facility up and running. The Urban Villages Initiative has worked tirelessly with the local community and Belfast City Council to make this space available to Lagmore Community Forum. It is much needed and will be a fantastic asset for the whole community.
“The Urban Villages Initiative is continuing to invest in the Colin Urban Village area through the Transport Hub and Civic Square, the Twinbrook Link and the new park on the Stewartstown Road, alongside a range of significant community-led projects which will have a positive impact on the local community.”