COOKSTOWN District Council has received a request for financial assistance from a local Gaelic football club to purchase a 13 acre site for the development of playing pitches, changing rooms and community facilities.
In a letter to the council, James Devlin, Chairperson of Moortown St Malachy’s GAC advised that the entire project will cost over £2 million and will be delivered in three stages.
So far, £900,000 has already been spent on Phase One of the project, which included purchase of the site, the development of pitch number one and associated works.
Phase Two involves the development of pitch number two which will occur in the Spring of this year, at a cost of approximately £275,000, which will include a grant from Sport NI.
Phase Three of the project comprises the provision of extensive community facilities and changing rooms which will take place over the next few years.
A recent council sub-committee meeting was reminded that Moortown is located in the Ardboe Ward, which is the most deprived ward in the Cookstown District.
The council’s Acting Chief Executive advised that numerous funding requests had been received over the years, and that it was the council’s policy to invest in its own facilities to ensure that they are of a suitable standard for local groups to avail of.
To date, the meeting heard, Council has managed to adhere to this policy, resulting in the continuous improvement of its facilities.
It was agreed that the Acting Chief Executive respond to Mr Devlin, in accordance with the council’s policy with regard to providing financial assistance to sporting clubs and organisations to upgrade their facilities.