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Council to commission work to solve Brooke Park fence issue

30 June 2017

Users of the 3G pitch at the Brooke Park Leisure Centre are being advised that the facility is to remain closed over the coming weeks, while work is undertaken to address issues around the perimeter fence.

The pitch was closed in recent days following concerns about health and safety, and Council will now initiate a tender process to procure the services of a company tasked with installing a net solution which will prevent balls from going over the fence.

Director of Health and Communities with Derry City and Strabane District Council, Karen McFarland, said Council is now working to find an effective long-term solution to the problem.

“Following concerns raised to Council a full health and safety investigation has been carried out and we have now identified a possible net solution to address the issue. Over the coming months Council will begin a tender process to initiate works with a view to resolving the issue by the autumn.

“As Council is bound by legislative restrictions around tendering and planning, this will take some time, and Officers have been exploring options which would allow for the pitch to remain open during this time. At the moment however, in adherence with health and safety guidelines, unfortunately the closure of the facility is unavoidable until an appropriate interim solution is found.

“Council will continue to offer alternative arrangements for those affected by the closure. Officers are already working directly with user groups to resolve any further issues around sourcing alternative facilities while the pitch is closed and will keep all associated groups updated on the progress of works as they move through the various mandatory phases of the process.”

Meetings have been taking place throughout the week with users and community representatives and anyone with any queries is asked to contact the Council 02871 253253, Extn: 6989.