Wednesday, 26 July 2017

A MASSIVE number of new jobs are being promised as part of the proposed new international race track in Coalisland.
The ambitious plans for the 163 acre site at the former clay pits in the town could create in the region of 1,500 jobs, the Courier can reveal.
Plans have been formally lodged with Mid-Ulster District Council by Manna Development Ltd, the firm behind the scheme, for the 'Lake Torrent Motorsport Complex'.
And, in a representation to Mid-Ulster District Council, the firm has stated that the project will bring significant employment to the area.
Principal among this new employment will be "upwards on 1,000 people during the building phase", with a further 350 casual jobs per large race weekend.
It is also stated that an energy firm is seeking to headquarter itself at the new complex, bringing up to 50 new jobs within three years, while a planned Motorsport Centre of Excellence will create a further 15 jobs, a creche will create six jobs, while over 70 jobs are expected to be created in an industrial development housing upwards on 40 businesses on the site.
The Centre of Excellence is also to be used to help train 100 unemployed or economically inactive people in the Mid-Ulster area per year.
Further exciting developments have also been revealed in the firm's latest representation, confirming provisional bookings have been made to bring British Superbike, World Super Bikes and British Touring Car Championships events to Coalisland.
SGN Gas is stated to have expressed its wish to operate its Northern Ireland HQ on the site, starting from February of next year.
The report states that the facility is designed to operate all year round and it is claimed that "within three years, would become the leading visitor attraction in Mid-Ulster, providing significant additional revenues for accommodation, catering and services throughout the region".
A final decision on the proposals is expected to be made by the Council's Planning Committee later this year.


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