In at the deep end!

Thursday, 18 January 2018

In at the deep end! thumbnailSinn Fein Cllr Cara McShane. CC03-28

THE bill for Ballycastle's new swimming pool could rise by 1m unless a new site can be found.
The proposed pool and gym complex on Quay Road is the second phase of a 7m project to bring the town's leisure facilities up to date.
At the January meeting of the Leisure and Development Committee last week, members were told the site will require road engineering work costing between 700,000 and 1m, according to Transport NI estimates.
As a result officers are now studying alternative sites, including Sheskburn house, Ramoan Road and Leyland Road.
“When you are facing a bill of nearly a million quid, it seem logical to explore other options," said project manager, Nick Harkness.
The news was greeted with dismay by Sinn Fein's Cara McShane who said she feared the pool project had been "pushed to one side." She also said she felt "disheartened" by lack of progress on the first phase of the project.
The council hopes to address a long standing need for community sport facilities in Ballycastle including quality soccer, Gaelic and hockey pitches, a swimming pool, sports hall and gym.
Phase one involves the council paying for upgrades that allow the general public to use a sports hall and pitches at the brand new campus shared between Cross and Passion College School and Ballycastle High School.
*Read the full story in this week's Chronicle


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