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Contractor appointed to deliver PEACE IV funded Castlederg Shared Space project

26 June 2020
Work to improve two sporting grounds in Castlederg has taken a significant step forward following the appointment of a contractor by Derry City and Strabane District Council to deliver the project.
 
Martin Contracting Services will carry out the works from next month, that will include improved training pitch drainage at grounds belonging to Dergview Football Club and St. Eugene’s Gaelic Athletic Club. 
 
The project forms part of the wider Castlederg Shared Space project, funded to the scale of £293,000 by PEACE IV, administered by the Special EU Programmes Body, which is also delivering a programme of events and activities and a green infrastructure masterplan for Castlederg.
 
Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council Cllr Brian Tierney welcomed the appointment saying it was good news for the people of Castlederg and particularly for those involved in football.
 
He said: “I am delighted that work to progress these important rural sports projects is about to commence next month. Council is committed to investing in sport and better facilities that promote a health and active lifestyle across our Council area, and in particular in rural communities. This is great news for the people of Castlederg and I look forward to visiting the sites when the work commences over the summer.”
 
Speaking as the project reached this significant milestone, Dergview FC chairman, Mr Roy Lecky, said: “As a rural football club we are delighted that this project has reached this stage and that works will start onsite in the near future.  This is a much needed investment in rural sporting provision and will stand Dergview FC in good stead as we continue to develop as a club both on and off the pitch.”
 
Echoing Mr Lecky’s comments, Chairman of St. Eugene’s GAC, Mr Brian Meehan said: “To receive this level of investment at this time is fantastic for our club and the wider community.  Drainage is a long standing issue that costs the club year on year so we wholeheartedly welcome both the funding and that works will get underway shortly.”
 
It is anticipated that works will commence in early July and will be completed by early Autumn, weather permitting.