An all-weather pitch in Tyrrelstown which was off limits for kids for the summer is to be handed over to Fingal County Council in a matter of weeks.

The facility has been under the control of the Department of Education and Science which is about to transfer it to the local authority.

News of the change has been broadly welcomed since the community amenity was closed over the school summer holidays and was used as a dumping ground.

Referring to the temporary closure of the community centre, Cllr Paul Donnelly (SF) said: “This is great news, considering the difficulties this community has faced over the past number of weeks.

“The next most important steps are who manages the facility on behalf of the Tyrrelstown community.

“Negotiations must take place between sports groups, the community and councillors to get this pitch up and running as quickly as possible as the poor weather sets in and clubs need training facilities over the coming months.”

According to the council, the relevant documents are now with the Chief State Solicitor’s office and are being processed.

Welcoming the news, Solidarity Cllr Matt Waine said: “Tyrrelstown GAA and other sporting groups should be able to access the pitch shortly. This will be a welcome development.”