Community facility at St Colman’s College receives extra funding

Declan McAteer Posted by
Sunday, December 18th, 2011

Newry & Mourne District Council last week announced that it has received a grant of £113,000 to help develop a community facility at St Colman’s College, Newry and specifically a new ‘d’ shape run up area to the high jump facility. The original contractor has been engaged to undertake these works and they confirm that it will take three to four weeks preparation and two weeks for the laying of the surface, weather permitting. The work, set to begin in the New Year, is said to take up to six weeks to complete. During that period the running track at the site will be closed, however the synthetic pitches for rugby, gaelic and soccer will remain open.

Speaking about the investment, Assistant director of District Development Dermot Russell said; “This extra grant will ensure that those who wish to train and participate in field athletics at the highest level, will have the opportunity to do so. It will also ensure that major school and community events in this discipline will be catered for.”

Newry Mayor Charlie Casey also commented on the grant; “I would wish to commend the Council and it’s Officers for intervening in this matter and the support from DSD to ensure that field athletics are fully catered for. I appreciate that these extra works will require closure of the running track and this will cause inconvenience to our new enthuasitic community users, in particular the established running and athletic clubs in the district. I will want our Council Officers to ensure that this is kept to a minimum and that the agreed closure in consultation with St. Colman’s College and the voluntary users, causes as little inconvenience as possible.”

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