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Monday 20 November 2017

Playing pitches meeting

A meeting to further the cause of Drogheda's municipal playing pitches takes place in the d Hotel on Monday February 20th at 8pm.

All clubs are requested to attend and it is planned to have a council representative present to outline the plans for developing a site at Newtownstalaban.

Up to eight pitches are being proposed - ready for 2018.

Louth Chief Executive Joan Martin said that the provision of playing pitches remains a 'high priority' and says she hopes to see progress on a programme of development as soon as possible.

That followed a letter from Cllr Frank Godfrey who facilitated an initial open meeting recently.

'There are over 2,500 young people playing soccer in Drogheda and there is a crying need for these facilities. Many local clubs are currently forced to rent playing pitches outside town, leaving managers out of pocket and youngsters travelling distances to play soccer,' he stated.

Depending on a final decision on the Newtownstalaban site, he says land on the Ballymakenny Road should be the first choice, as it is adjacent to both a primary and a secondary school, as well as the rugby club, 'which would make sense for multi-use facilities due to a large residential population in the area and a large school-going population, with further expansion planned.'

He says 'plans for housing expansion on the Ballymakenny Road must be revisited and reworked to include these playing pitches.'

Drogheda Independent

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