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Council report: Enniscorthy Municipal District meeting

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The plot of land at Ross Road where the Municipal District is considering creating a training ground for local soccer clubs

The plot of land at Ross Road where the Municipal District is considering creating a training ground for local soccer clubs

The plot of land at Ross Road where the Municipal District is considering creating a training ground for local soccer clubs

Enniscorthy Municipal District is considering taking over a plot of land in the town to be developed into a training facility for local sports clubs.

In his monthly report to the members, District Manager, Ger Mackey, said the plot, located at the Ross Road and bordering Andy Doyle Close, could be considered by the members 'for use by sports clubs in the town as a training facility'.

'With the approval of members I propose to seek expressions of interest from the clubs for use of this plot of land as a training-only facility,' said Mr Mackey, in his report.

At the meeting he reiterated the point that the land would be used purely for training so as to preserve it throughout the winter.

Cllr Aidan Browne asked if the land would only be open to soccer clubs and asked that other clubs also be allowed to use it.

Mr Mackey said that 'at the moment' it's just for soccer and said: 'There are five clubs in the town but it would be nobody's own pitch. It would be a training facility for them all.'

'I would concur there is definitely a need for it but I would have to also say look at other sports as well,' replied Cllr Browne.

'We just have to be mindful that it doesn't get torn up over the winter,' said Mr Mackey.

Cllr Kathleen Codd-Nolan asked if maps could be presented to the members when it comes to discussing matters like the one being presented that involved land.

Mr Mackey said that would not be a problem.

The members were very supportive of the proposal and Cllr John O'Rourke asked if there would be a fee involved for using it.

'It would be a very nominal fee,' replied Mr Mackey.

'We are not in the business of making money out of these things,' he added.

Cllr O'Rourke also asked if the local authority could look at an arrangement whereby people on local community involvement schemes could help look after the facility and in response Mr Mackey said: 'Yes, we could look at that.'

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