Funding to extend Magilligan Play Group ‘terrific news’

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Grant aid of £50,000 has been secured to expand the Magilligan Community Play Group.

The funding has been secured from Arc Northwest Ltd under the Rural Development Programme.

Sinn Féin councillor Cathal McLaughlin, who lives beside the play group building said it was terrific news.

“The play group has been an outstanding success and has been oversubscribed for some time now. Many children in Magilligan have had to apply for places in Limavady town because there is no more capacity,” he said.

“Sinn Féin successfully tabled a motion in May 2010 for Limavady Council to gift 304 square meters of land to the group which will effectively double the size of the facility. It has been hard work since.”

“It took a year to secure the planning permission and the grant application was submitted in March 2011 exactly a year ago.”

Sinn Fein colleague, East Derry MLA Cathal Ó hOisín added: “It has been a fantastic good news week for Magilligan coming after the confirmation that work on the £8 million waste water treatment plant is now to commence. I have been closely involved with both projects which have taken years to resolve but the longer the wait the sweeter the taste of success. The Magilligan Community Play Group has been a resounding success and I must pay tribute to the manager Angela Begley, her staff and trustees.

“It was established in 1996 as there was no pre-school provision in Magilligan. For four years the group operated in a shared building and eventually raised enough funds to establish a purpose built facility. The group is registered with the Western Health and Social Care Trust and is a member of Early Years. The expansion plans will enable them to extend their services to out of school provision including three year olds not in their pre-school year and after school service for P1 – P7.”