Northern Ireland

Portrush air show is among £2.2m council cuts

Portrush air show Image copyright AFP
Image caption Funding of £240,000 for the air show was withdrawn

Cuts of £2.2m- including funding for the Portrush Air Show - have been approved by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council.

The authority met on Wednesday night to discuss cost-cutting proposals after it announced it was £68.7m in debt.

Funding for the popular air show, amounting to £240,000, was one of a range of leisure and tourism cuts approved.

The cuts will also hit recycling and environmental services.

The meeting also heard an independent financial review found the council's proposals provided a "sound basis for 2020/21 budget proposals".

The scale of the council's debt was revealed on 4 February when it voted to bring in the advisors to provide "urgent and immediate assistance with the current rate setting process".

Councillors then postponed a decision on setting rates, pending clarification on potential savings.

A report on those savings, which was on the agenda for Wednesday's meeting, itemised dozens of options, including changing black bin collections from fortnightly to monthly and closing Waterworld in Portrush.

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