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Work gets underway on new £1.3m multi-sport 3G pitch

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Work gets underway on new £1.3m multi-sport 3G pitch thumbnailCouncillor Brian McMahon has welcomed the start of work to construct a £1.3million multi-sport 3G pitch at Melvin.

WORK to construct a new £1.3million multi-sport 3G pitch for the town is underway.

Diggers moved on site at Melvin Sports Complex on Monday to begin work on the much-anticipated project.

Being built on the site of the current 2G synthetic pitch, the new facility will have the potential to accommodate soccer, Gaelic and rugby at competitive level.

The project, one of the former Strabane District Council's legacy projects, is jointly funded by the Department for Communities (£600,000) and Derry City and Strabane District Council (£745,000).

News of its beginning is a welcome boost for local sporting clubs who have long campaigned for better sports pitch provision.

Recurring vandalism at pitches used by some clubs, particularly 'The Meadows', has often rendered them unplayable, whilst two years ago Strabane Athletic FC were forced to play a cup game away from home due to the lack of an adequate pitch.

Strabane Sinn Féin councillor, Brian McMahon, who has long lobbied for the work, has welcomed its commencement.

Speaking from the site on Monday as work got underway, Cllr McMahon said: "This major investment, funded by council in partnership with the Department of Communities, includes replacing the existing sand based synthetic and natural grass pitch at Melvin with a new third generation multi-sport pitch along with other upgrading work including new lighting."

He added: "This 3G facility will therefore cater for the pressing needs of our local sporting clubs and along with the recent £2.2 million upgrade to facilities at Melvin also adds greatly to the excellent facilities available to our local schools and wider community in the district.

"It also signals yet another significant milestone in the continued development of Melvin with further development plans also in the pipeline for the Melvin arena pitch."

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