A MEETING of council’s Governance and Strategic Planning committee recently passed plans for a new £50,000 development for Melvin Sports Complex.
This week Strabane councillors welcomed the decision by the Health and Communities Committee at Derry City and Strabane District Council to support the proposal to allocate £50,000 to kick start the next phase of multi-sport provision at Melvin which will now focus on the upgrading of the ‘running track’ pitch facility area with an envisaged further £1.2m investment.
In a joint statement local Sinn Féin councillors Brian McMahon and Karina Carlin said, “This announcement is part of council’s commitment to continue to build on the major progress that has been made in developing leisure provision facilities and inclusive sporting opportunities at the Melvin complex and this signals the beginning of the next ambitious phase on this journey.
“As part of the phased upgrade of leisure provision at Melvin, the main sports hall was refurbished and completed in 2014 at a cost of £2.2million.
“In an additional 1.345million investment, work will now be getting underway to provide a 3G Astro Turf pitch on the site of the current 2G synthetic pitch to provide a facility which can be used on an all-round basis and to accommodate soccer, Gaelic and rugby at competitive level.
“While the 3G is under development immediate consideration is being given on how to accommodate teams and league fixtures particularly for teams in the intermediate league.
“However, as part of council’s commitment to developing leisure facilities and opportunities at the Melvin Complex even further, the focus of the next phase of development will be moving to the Arena Pitch area – or the running track as it is better known locally – and the undoubted potential it holds,” they continued.
“The Arena Pitch has been initially assessed and an upgrade proposal scoped which will serve local, running, boxing and soccer clubs. This would necessitate a purpose-built spectator stand with the capacity for athletics and football, the installation of on-site changing facilities and accommodation for the boxing club with potential to accommodate other sports such as angling and archery etc.”
It is envisaged that the cost of the further development of the Arena Pitch as a multi-sport facility will cost in the region of £1.2million.
The statement continued, “Council has now supported the allocation of £50,000 to take forward the appointment of a design team to scope the next phase of multi-sport leisure development at the Melvin Complex.”