Prin­ci­pal makes re­quest to boost flood­light funds

EAST GLENDALOUGH ASTRO­TURF PITCH PLANS PUT BE­FORE COUN­CIL

Bray People - - News - Myles BUCHANAN

THE HEAD­MAS­TER of East Glendalough School pre­sented plans for a full-size multi-pur­pose astro­turf pitch to Wick­low Town Coun­cil in the hope of se­cur­ing fund­ing for some flood­lights.

Mr. Alan Cox was at pains to point out that the fa­cil­ity would be open for use to the whole Wick­low com­mu­nity.

The school al­ready has a proven track record of sup­port­ing and fa­cil­i­tat­ing com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions in­clud­ing Wick­low Rovers, Wick­low Town, St. Pa­trick’s CLG, Blue Dol­phins, Inbhear Dee, Lady Ga­tors Bas­ket­ball, Wick­low Bridge Club, Wick­low Bad­minton Club and var­i­ous youth and school or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Right from the off­set a rea­son­able Mr. Cox said he knew the Town Coun­cil weren’t ex­actly over­bur­dened with an over­flow of funds.

‘If it suits to help, great. If it doesn’t then we un­der­stand given the cur­rent eco­nomic cli­mate and we won’t fall out over it.’

The first phase of construction took place last year and re­quired sub­stan­tial lev­el­ling work in­clud­ing in­stalling a drainage sys­tem to meet the spec­i­fi­ca­tions of an astro­turf pitch. At the mo­ment the site is be­ing left to set­tle and con­sol­i­date.

The com­ple­tion of the project is ex­pected to take place in the sum­mer. The Board of Man­age­ment are hold­ing off un­til March for tenders as they ex­pect to re­ceive bet­ter prices due to de­fla­tion in the construction mar­ket.

€ 165,000 has al­ready been spent on phase one with the re­main­ing costs ex­pected to reach € 500,000. The non-fee pay­ing school haven’t re­ceived any Gov­ern­ment fund­ing for the project, which has the full sup­port of all other secondary schools in the area. Mr. Cox also stressed that the school would def­i­nitely go ahead with the sec­ond construction phase this year, and the fa­cil­ity would in no way re­place plans for Brideshead.

Town Man­ager Michael Ni­chol­son promised to look at the Coun­cil levy scheme and see if any money is avail­able for a con­tri­bu­tion to­ward the cost of the flood­lights.

The East Glendalough School astro­turf pitch which is un­der construction.

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