Sports Minister Carál Ni Chuilin has welcomed the decision of Causeway Coast and Glens Council to back plans for the construction of a new sports and leisure complex in Dungiven.
The proposal will see the centralisation of sports and leisure facilities in the town at a single site on the Curragh Road. The Council at two previous meetings, on 15 December 2015 and 6 January 2016, rejected the plans for the development. DCAL are providing £2.5m in funding while the remaining £339k is being met by the Council.
The Minister welcomed the change of direction by the Council saying: “I commend the decision of the Council to back this proposal. The existing facility in the town is in a state of disrepair and does not comply with existing Disability Legislation. Some £800k of refurbishment would be required to bring the existing leisure centre up to an acceptable standard and given the enhanced revenue generation potential offered by a new-build facility, annual running cost savings are estimated at some £70k per annum.
“As well as the many sporting benefits it will bring for the community, the construction of the new complex is also economically beneficial for the borough. This is a great day for Dungiven and the surrounding area and I look forward to the commencement of construction in the coming weeks and the project becoming a reality.”
The Minister said that this latest investment is part of an ongoing package of funding that DCAL has committed to the North-West as part of the legacy to the City of Culture.
She said; “This is the second phase in my ongoing commitment to Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council in recent times. Last year I provided £1.5m for the North Coast Sports Village at Rugby Avenue in Coleraine and I have also pledged to secure additional funding of up to £350,000 in 2016/17 for the development of a multi-sport facility elsewhere in the Borough, the need for which will be identified through the Council’s Sports Facility Plan.
“The funding for the additional sports facility will be subject to budget availability and the approval of a business case, which should include confirmation of partnership funding for the project.”