Alderman Hussey stated that there had been some confusion regarding the £20,000 allocated for works at Mitchell Park which had resulted in his withdrawal of a Motion put forward by him on the matter at the Council meeting on 28 February 2019. He stated that at the subsequent meeting of the Health and Community Committee it was confirmed that the £20,000 was still available. He asked for an update regarding the proposal to address the changing room deficit at Spamount and also the identification of land appropriate to the needs of Sion Swifts Football Club within the Sion Mills area.
In response, the Director of Health and Community stated that it had been agreed at the meeting of the Health and Community Committee to undertake a detailed survey and produce an action plan to take the matter forward and it was hoped to bring an update to the next available Health and Community Committee meeting. She stated that ongoing detailed consultation was part of that process and Officers would contact those clubs with deficits or opportunities for future development.
Alderman Hussey thanked the Director of Health and Community for her response and stated that it was hoped that action on the matter would ensue sooner rather than later.
Alderman Warke referred to Newbuildings Football Club and stated that the club were aiming to reach championship status, however there were issues regarding changing facilities and the spectator stand in the grounds. He proposed that Council support the club in their endeavours and that a report be brought to the appropriate committee on how Newbuildings Football Club could be supported.
In response, the Director of Health and Community advised that the playing pitch strategy had covered all sports facilities across the City and District, therefore Newbuildings Football Club would be taken into consideration as part of that review. She added that the ground was not a Council owned facility therefore any opportunity for support would need to be assessed.
Alderman Warke enquired if the club could be supported through sports development.
In response, the Director of Health and Community stated that Officers within sports development provided advice and assistance particularly regarding funding applications and liaised with governing bodies to identify specific requirements to allow progression and development and that generalist advice service was available to all sports clubs on request.