Barron Hall could reopen later this year

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A GLENGORMLEY cross-community facility which was destroyed in an arson attack last July could reopen later this year, it has been claimed.

Kathy Wolff, Co-ordinator of the Community Relations Forum (CRF), revealed that work on the redevelopment of the Barron Hall, which was completely gutted in the malicious blaze, could get under way within the next few weeks.

“We are hoping that the insurance company will give the go-ahead for work to start shortly - hopefully at the end of this month or the start of next month,” she said.

The extensive renovation project at the historic Antrim Road building, expected to cost in excess of £100,000, will include a new roof, floor, electrics, windows, kitchen, toilets and other work. It will also involve the installation of a new security system in a bid to prevent future break-ins and attacks.

“Apart from the walls the place practically needs rebuilt from the roof down, but we are looking at reopening later this year - hopefully in September,” Kathy added.

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