Borough’s war memorial sites to be protected

The war memorial in Ballyclare.
The war memorial in Ballyclare.

Areas of open space and parkland surrounding four war memorial sites within the borough are to be dedicated as ‘Centenary Fields’ in order to protect them from future development.

The Royal British Legion and Fields In Trust - the operating name of the National Playing Fields Association - are leading a nationwide campaign aimed at securing recreational spaces in perpetuity in honour of the memory of those who lost their lives in the First World War. The sites will be protected using a legal agreement stipulating that they must be retained as public open space.

At their monthly meeting on Monday, June 16, members of the council’s Leisure Committee agreed that four sites should be nominated for inclusion in the programme, namely Ballyclare War Memorial Park, Ballynure War Memorial Park, the war memorial in Whiteabbey and the area around the war memorial in Lilian Bland Community Park, Glengormley.

Council officers will also investigate the possibility of including the land surrounding the war memorial at Ypres Park, which isn’t owned by the council, in the scheme.