Heavy cost of not having all-weather Rush facility
THE council said it is ‘continuing to pursue’ the provision of an all-weather facility for Rush and hopes negotiations with a local developer to achieve that aim, will be ‘resolved soon’.
Cllr Barry Martin (Ind) asked for an update on the project and was told by the council: ‘On designated lands adjoining the existing amenity at St. Catherine’s Park, the developer of the Golden Ridge estate is required to provide additional Sports pitches and associated infrastructure (Class 1). The Council is in discussions with the developer in relation to the resolution of all outstanding open space issues.
‘It is hoped that these outstanding issues can be resolved in the near future. The Council will continue to pursue the provision of these outstanding open space requirements.’
Cllr Martin impressed upon the council the urgent requirement for such a facility in Rush and he had done some considerable research to back up the point.
He said: ‘I can’t overemphasised how important an all-weather pitch or astro is for Rush.’
He said there were two ‘highly successful’ sports clubs in the town in St Maur’s GAA and Rush Athletic FC. He said St Maur’s has some 1,200 members and Rush Athletic boasted similar numbers. Cllr Martin plays with Rush Athletic and said its senior teams regularly travelled to Balbriggan to use all-weather pitches there to train. The Rushbased councillor said that he calculated this translated to to 44,000km travelled by the players and coaches in an average season and almost 14 metric tonnes of carbon emissions, not to mention a monetary cost of some €9.600 per season.
Cllr Brian Dennehy (FF) complained about the long delays in the project said that ‘the idea of just giving people (developers) planning permission and not having time-lines for the delivery of recreational facilities will have to stop’.
Cllr Barry Martin.