Friday 20 April 2018

Pitches project to go to public consultation

AN ambitious project at the Portmarnock Sports and Leisure Centre to provide three new astro-turf pitches and upgrade existing tennis courts is to go out for public consultation following the agreement of local councillors.

The Portmarnock Sports and Leisure Centre was awarded a Sports Capital Grant from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport in 2012 and has now a plan in place to spend that money.

The grant is for the upgrading of their all-weather facilities and other works at the tennis courts adjoining the PSLC at Carrickhill, Portmarnock.

The works will include the provision of three new all-weather pitches, each measuring 26m by 40m and the upgrading of existing tennis court surfaces.

Lighting columns will also be installed as part of the project along with a 2.4m high fence with netting.

Cllr. Joan Maher (FG) said the club's plans were 'great news' for the area and Cllr. Anthony Lavin (FG) also welcomed the work and expressed the hope that the grant would cover the total cost of the project.

Cllr. Judy Dunne (Lab) also welcomed the project, as did Cllr. Eoghan O'Brien (FF) who said there was a lot of support locally for the upgrade of facilities at the PSLC.

Senior council official, Stephen Peppard praised the club for their role in securing the grant for the work and said the new pitches would be a revenue generator for the club and would help secure the future of the PSLC.

It is understood the club will need to add to the funds from the grant to deliver the entire project.

Fingal Independent