THE Kinallen Rural Community Development Association will be giving priority to facilities for the elderly in the year ahead.

The association resolved to prioritise the "major issue" at its recent annual general meeting.

There, Lagan Valley MP Jeffrey Donaldson offered his continued support for some sort of provision for elderly residents in the area.

The meeting heard that provision for the elderly continued to be hampered by lack of a local building.

Meanwhile, association chairperson Mrs. Gillian Corbett reported on a busy year for the committee.

Achievements included the completion of child protection training by some members, development of the Monday Youth Club to the point where some 20 young people were attending weekly and widespread use of the newly erected Community Noticeboard.

Mrs. Corbett also noted the great benefit from now having all homes connected to the new, recently opened sewage works and thanked the district council for the provision of new summer seats, maintenance of flowerbeds at the crossroads and its work with regard to the Christmas tree. In a report on open/recreational space to the rear of Whitethorn, Mr. Geoffrey Dickson said the committee was awaiting the outcome of the Area Plan.

Most objections to the plan for Kinallen, he said, favoured zoning land for recreational space; Mr. Dickson said he also hoped further zoning of the same area might accommodate around 30 social housing homes.

Mr. Jeffrey Donaldson also highlighted the need for planners to zone areas of open space, whilst, among other things, updating the association on proposed pre-school provision in Kinallen, which he hoped would be up and running by 2009/2010 and highlighting the need for better local roads and infrastructure.

Mr. Donaldson also conducted the election of officers, namely - Mrs. Corbett, chairperson; Mrs. Adele Stanford, vice-chairperson; Mr. Geoffrey Dickson, secretary; Mrs. May Dickson, treasurer; Miss Cheryl Graham, Press Officer.

Committee members are Andrea Murphy, Hamilton Tate, Billy Given, Cathy and Jeff Calvin, Tom Corbett, Laurence McKillin, Ian Stanford, Margaret Knox, Debbie Parke and newcomers David Reid and Andrew Dickson.