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Pitch appeal gets support from local councillors

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Arklow United Football Club on Emoclew Road in Arklow

Arklow United Football Club on Emoclew Road in Arklow

Arklow United Football Club on Emoclew Road in Arklow

Councillors have expressed support for Arklow United Football Club's appeal for a second pitch.

At last week's meeting, members of Arklow Municipal District considered a letter from the club asking for support for their plans to buy or lease land for a second pitch.

Councillor Pat Fitzgerald (FF) said around 260 young people and 400 members were involved in the club. They 'need space' and are 'choked up' at their existing grounds, he said.

Cllr Fitzgerald suggested that the club could potentially use land near the Coral Leisure Centre for their matches. However, he also expressed concern that this could interfere with other groups who use the same facilities.

Cllr Peir Leonard (Ind) said that the club was important to the children of the town and asked if the land could be resurfaced and made available for all clubs to use.

Cllr Fitzgerald asked if a lease would be required, adding that he thought councillors should help Arklow United if it was possible as they are 'pleading for support'.

District Manager Colm Lavery said a lease may be required.

Cllr Leonard raised a concern about the possible impact of the construction of the Arklow wastewater treatment plant on the area.

District Administrator Claire Lawless said that Irish Water's contractors would not be working close to this site.

Councillors agreed that the municipal district would investigate the request.

Wicklow People