Foundation 'footed' on Bethany Community Hall

THE Bethany Community Trust are delighted to announce that work has commenced to build a much-needed community hall for the Coolessan and Greystone wards of Limavady.

The former Limavady parish office was demolished last year to build a more revived community centre for members of the church.

St Mary’s Limavady Parish Priest, Monsignor Bryan McCanny said: “The old parochial house that was standing at the site was demolished to make way for the development of the new community centre.

“The site was cleared so that we could build a new community centre. Hopefully by Christmas 2019, we hope to have the new building up.

“The funding took three or four years but we’re also getting a grant of £400k from the Department for Communities. The community centre will cost about £600k.”

The parish group wish to thank all those who helped secure the £1 million needed for the project, in particular the Department for Communities, Limavady Parish and Bobby Farren of Farren Consulting whose hard work and knowledge were invaluable.

The Trust are also immensely thankful to the Design Team, headed up by Declan Quigley of AQB Architectural Workshop Ltd, for developing the project into the building we are seeing started here today.

The Bethany Community Trust’s Chairperson, Mr Francis McAuley welcomed the recent funding announcement by the Department of Communities by saying: “This last piece of the jigsaw gives us the budget to develop a building to support the disadvantaged groups of The Glens, Hospital Lane, Josephine Avenue, Coolessan and Roe Mill Road areas of Limavady.

“This new facility will help in the delivery of cross-community programmes and rejuvenate this part of Limavady.

“On behalf of the Trust, I would like to congratulate Lowry Construction Ltd on winning the contract and wish them well with this project, which will undoubtedly be built to a high standard.”

The new Bethany Community Hall will go some way in addressing the chronic shortage of shared space in the area and provide an outlet for the important work carried out by many active community organisations.

The new building will cover 6,800 square feet, located on Irish Green Street, where the old Bethany building previously stood.

This location plays an important part in the history of the town and will ensure future generations honour that heritage.

The Bethany Community Trust has a keen sense of community ownership and this ethos combined with volunteer values will embrace the social needs of the community in a sustainable way.

The group anticipate completion of the project in early 2020.

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