Play­ing pitches land de­lay as long run­ning as ‘Dal­las’

Mid Louth Independent - - NEWS -

LOUTH County Coun­cil say they are ‘cur­rently ne­go­ti­at­ing’ with the landowner to ac­quire the fi­nal piece of land which would al­low the de­vel­op­ment of play­ing pitches at New­town­sta­l­a­ban.

Cllr Frank God­frey queried the de­lay in se­cur­ing the much needed fa­cil­ity, say­ing the plans have been go­ing on for years.

‘‘I don’t want this to run as long as Dal­las. The kids will be grown up by the time we get the pitches,’ he warned.

‘Clubs are de­pend­ing on these pitches.’

He says there is enough land for nine pitches.

Cllr Tommy Byrne said that up to 2,500 boys and girls play soc­cer in the area and maybe the FAI would help. ‘I think it’s money de­lay­ing it,’ he re­marked. ‘There’s any amount of land for sport there.’

Cllr Kevin Cal­lan said that there would be no fund­ing at this stage of the year as it needed to be part of the bud­get process.

Cllr Ken­neth Flood urged that any de­vel­op­ment have foot­paths and light­ing. ‘When de­vel­op­ments are go­ing on and there no col­lec­tions with foot­paths I won­der what plan­ners were think­ing about.’

Cllr Oliver Tully wanted to know if the land was zoned for pitches and would there be dress­ing rooms.

Mayor Pio Smith said that Gra­ham Rus­sell from the coun­cil had put a lot of work into it and €150,000 had been se­cured via a grant for it.

‘Maybe if we keep park­ing at €1.20, we can get an ex­tra €200,000 for the project!,’ he added.

Cllr Tommy Byrne fur­ther ex­plained that there was full plan­ning per­mis­sion on the site since 2004.

The New­town Cross area will be pro­vid­ing ac­cess to the new pitches.

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