At a Causeway Coast & Glens Council planning committee meeting on Wednesday, councillors vote against issuing a building preservation notice (BPN) for Barry’s Amusements in Portrush.
The business has been a popular attraction in the seaside town since 1926, and has been run by the Trufelli family since, bringing many visitors from all over to the town during the peak tourist season.
But in November of last year, the family announced that they intended on selling the business, which prompted calls for the building to be preserved, as well as locals hoping that whoever would purchase Barry’s would do so as an ongoing concern.
At the time the Trufelli family said:
“We understand the special place that Barry’s holds in the hearts of many Northern Ireland families, but none closer than our own.
“We hope to pass on the baton to someone who will ensure generations can still enjoy the fun that Barry’s offers our local and wider community.”
However at Wednesdays planning committee meeting the councillors voted NOT to issue a BPN, agreeing with a planning report which said that, ‘The building does not exhibit the necessary ‘special’ architectural’ quality or history interest to satisfy the listing criteria.’