Looking back... Newtownabbey gets £1.5million boost for youth projects

A building project worth just over £1.5million was announced for Newtownabbey’s youth and education sectors in February 1989.

A new extension was to be built at Ballyclare Secondary School, with £125,000 to be spent on a new youth club in New Mossley.

The announcement was made by Education Minister Brian Mawhinney who said that the school extension would be a “more effective facility for the new curriculum.”

He noted that the youth club for New Mossley was just one of two to get the go-ahead.

He indicated that it would be able to accommodate between 300 and 400 young people.

Both projects were due to get underway in 1989/90.

The Education Minister said that he appreciated the “difficult circumstances” in which Ballyclare Secondary had been working.

He added that his department had an obligation to ensure that education is delivered in an “acceptable environment”.

Principal Uel McCrea said that the wider community would also benefit from the new extension as the school was open to the public four nights a week.