Alan Lawther, Alliance local council candidate for Antrim South East, has branded plans for new civic offices in Antrim as a ‘white elephant’.
Mr Lawther stated: ‘Antrim’s ratepayers faced the highest rates increase in Northern Ireland last year.
‘From this money, provision is being made for a “new civic building”, costing £6 million – nearly half the Council’s total budget! This is going on prior to the reorganization of local government, which could render
this new building a white elephant’
‘Alliance will oppose any attempt at building Antrim’s answer to the “Millennium Dome”, and instead spend rate payers’ money where it is really required – on the environment, road safety and improving existing office accommodation.
‘On 5 May, the people of Antrim will have the chance to say what they think is the better deal.’