A local assemblyman has pledged to tackle Mid and East Antrim Council over the ‘sub-standard’ facilities at the playing fields in Kells and Connor.
Robin Swann, the UUP North Antrim MLA, says it is time that action was taken to address the problem.
He said: “This issue has been talked about for many years and surely now the new council should look to enhancing the current provision within the villages. Kells and Connor Community Improvement organisation worked long and hard with various partner organisations, including Ballymena Borough Council, to develop the Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) for the locality.
“So surely the next step is to upgrade the very basic changing facilities so they at least meet the existing standard throughout the rest of the borough.
“I have also recently raised the issue of lighting around the area the with the Council because of users’ concerns that due to the paid token lighting provisions, users have to walk around in semi-darkness until the lights are activated.
“This situation in itself is a safety risk to the young people who regularly use the facilities. “I have a meeting arranged with the Council’s Chief Executive, where I will ensure that the people of Kells and Connor will not be forgotten in the enlarged Mid and East Antrim Council and that they apply for the £6.75 million Multi-Facility Sports Fund which is to be released by SportNI in the New Year,” said Assemblyman Swann.