Tuesday 23 January 2018

Council scotch Malahide Castle access rumours

John Manning

RUMOURS that recreational facilities in Malahide Castle like its tennis courts and golf course were to have their open community access restricted have been scotched by the council.

The council says there are no plans to change the level of access afforded to the community to the facilities including the tennis courts, pitch and putt facility and par three golf course.

The rumours were sparked locally when the council put the operation of these facilities out to tender recently.

The local authority has said the operator for the facility has changed but the way they operate in terms of the level of access afforded to the community will not change.

Cllr Anthony Lavin (FG) and Cllr Judy Dunne (Lab) both brought the concerns of the community on the issue to the attention of the Malahide/Howth Area Committee last week.

Both councillors were reassured by council officials that public access to these important local facilities would 'continue as it has always been'.

Separately, the council revealed that a grant application to central Government to fund the upgrade of the tennis courts had been declined but it is understood the council has funding of its own to go ahead with the resurfacing of the courts.

Fingal Independent

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