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Council seeks to extend Sports Arena

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Council seeks to extend Sports Arena thumbnailThe Mid-Ulster Sports Arena could be getting even bigger. DD1950

MID-ULSTER Council is to investigate the possibility of expanding the Mid-Ulster Sports Arena.
The large sports hub on the Tullywiggan Road in Cookstown is a very busy site.
And it is hoped by some on the Council to see the site, which caters for a wide variety of sports, expanded even further.
The site has been the recipient of significant investment over the years, most recently when a 1 million indoor facility was opened there three years ago.
Land around the site is currently publicly owned, which may ease any possible change of ownership.
The Department for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) currently owns adjacent to the current sprawling sports facility.
Sinn Fein's Cookstown representative John McNamee raised the possibility of Mid-Ulster Council acquiring the land at the latest meeting of its Development Committee.
He advised that a number of years ago Cookstown Council had written to the then Agriculture Minister regarding Council acquisition of additional land for Mid Ulster Sports Arena.
Cllr McNamee said this proposal "had received a positive response but had not been progressed at the time"
He further stated there was "great demand" on the Sports Arena and proposed that Council resume discussions with DAERA on whether land would still be available for its future growth.
His proposal was seconded by the now independent Councillor for Cookstown, Tony Quinn.
And it was resolved by Councillors that Council contact the Department regarding the purchase of further lands at the site.
Meanwhile, the Council has also undertaken to look into providing a 'Disability Sports Hub' at the Mid-Ulster Sports Arena.
It would be developed in partnership with Disability Sport NI.
The Council agreed to develop a Memorandum of Understanding and Development Plan for provision of the Hub for a two year period to March 2019.

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