Jim Nicholson MEP recently visited Antrim for a tour of the town accompanied by the local Ulster Unionist representatives, including Roderick Swann, Mayor of Antrim, and councillors Adrian Cochrane-Watson, Paul Michael, Mervyn Rea MBE and Drew Ritchie.
Mr Nicholson said: “It is fantastic to come and visit Antrim which has a lot to offer to both local people and tourists alike and during a walkabout of the town centre I was able to see the renovation and rejuvenation that the town has undergone in recent years.
“My visit included a trip to Antrim Forum, which is a brilliant facility for the development of sport and leisure in the area.
“I was fortunate to have the opportunity to view the beautiful Antrim Castle Gardens as well, which is one of the best town gardens in the UK and will be a wonderful location for the Garden Festival in May.”
Jim also attended a Technology Open Day at Antrim Day Centre.
The Open Day provided an opportunity to hear from the Smart Environments Research Group from the University of Ulster about how modern technology can help with the provision of care for older people and those recovering from injuries or memory loss.
In addition, the Antrim Day Centre staff provided information on the different programmes offered by the Centre to aid rehabilitation.
“It was very interesting to attend the Open Day and learn how modern technologies and social media can play a part in care provision,” Mr Nicholson said.
He added: “The Research Group from the University of Ulster has received European funding to carry out their projects and this is a prime example of how Northern Ireland can benefit from the European Union.”
“My thanks to the local Ulster Unionist representatives for showing me around and I must pay tribute to the hard work that our councillors do on Antrim Borough Council.
“The merger of Antrim council and Newtownabbey council into the new ‘super council’ will present challenges but I’m confident that the UUP has a strong team here in Antrim.”