The matter was brought up after Cllr Cochrane had arranged for a Church to use the facility after the water crisis when the pipes in their building had frozen.
Cllr. Cochrane said, “I am very disappointed at this decision by the DUP which will result in Church groups seeking similar help being turned away in future. Other Council facilities are open on Sundays and Alliance feels that the hire of the function suite should be an option depending on the merits of each application.
“This decision harks back to a time when the swings were tied up on Sundays and hardly sends out a very progressive view of Castlereagh.”