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Councillors approve funding to appoint consultants for Melvin project

Thursday, 9 August 2018

COUNCILLORS have ratified 20,000 in funding to appoint consultants to oversee the drafting of plans for new sporting facilities across the district including the 1.2million upgrade Melvin in Strabane.
The funding approval - allocated at July's meeting of Derry City and Strabane District Council's Health and Communities committee - will see a team of consultants carryout feasibility studies and business cases for the development of sport and leisure facilities at Melvin Sports Complex. Also included in the plans are the development of the Prehen Boathouse and Daisyfield sites in the city.
A report presented to councillors stated: "Developments at Melvin Sports Complex will involve the third phase upgrade of the overall site and will consist of both playing and spectator facilities at the arena site and multi-use facility for soccer and athletics."
The external consultancy appointed will be expected to undertake the development of three separate business cases for the projects.
The report continued: "This will include an assessment of the viability of the proposed projects in terms of the following: detailed specification and related costings, preferred management model, evidenced need and demand, potential duplication or displacement considerations and options analysis."
Council says that the outcome of the business cases will help inform and ascertain the feasibility and viability of the projects.
“An indicative budget of 20,000 is required towards the development of the three separate business cases. The budget for this piece of work will be agreed with the lead finance officer in advance of any appointment," the report added.
At the meeting, Sinn Fein's Eric McGinley proposed the acceptance of the recommendations and the SDLP's Brian Tierney also welcomed the progression of the developments.
Strabane independent councillor, Paul Gallagher, welcomed the development of the Melvin project and it's progression to a further stage.
He stated that Melvin Sports Complex now had the potential to become the 'jewel in the crown' for outdoor activities in the Strabane area.

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