Magherafelt council supports Greenlough GAC plan to develop pitch

Councillor Sean McPeake
Councillor Sean McPeake

Magherafelt District Council have agreed proposals to transfer responsibility for a council owned playing pitch at Clady to St Oliver Plunkett`s GAC Greenlough.

The proposal would see Greenlough GAC develop and maintain the pitch to a sufficient standard which allow for games to be played on the extensive grass area. Currently the pitch is in poor state of repair and unfit for organised games of any kind to be played on it due to bonfire debris and damage which has caused health and safety concerns.

Speaking following Tuesday night`s council meeting, Sinn Fein councillor, Seán McPeake said: “I am delighted that my proposal that Greenlough GAC enter into discussions with the council to either lease or purchase the council was agreed by council. The council owned lands could be maintained and deveioped to a sufficiently high standard as to make it available for their own and wider community use. The playing pitch itself runs parallel to the GAA facilities making future development relatively straightforward.

“It is no secret that in the past that Council has found its responsibility for keeping the pitch in a safe condition for the playing of games extremely difficult with debris often contaminating the playing surface. Greenlough Gaelic Club are to be commended for bringing forward their proposal to develop and look after the playing area.”