Agreement over all-weather pitch in Tyrrelstown due to be finalised soon

by Sylvia Pownall

An agreement which will open up an all-weather pitch in Tyrrelstown for community use is due to be “finalised in the coming weeks” according to Fingal County Council.

The pitch has remained padlocked and off-limits for kids outside of school hours for well over a year – and was used as a dumping ground over the summer months as a result.

Cllr Mary McCamley (Lab) last week raised the issue at an area council meeting and requested an up to date report from officials as to “why it is lying idle”.

The local authority stated: “The council has made considerable progress finalising the licence agreement for the Tyrrelstown all-weather facility.

“The council recently had a productive meeting with representatives from Le Cheile secondary school regarding a management agreement between the school and the council for the facility.

“It is the intention to have both the licence agreement and management agreement finalised in the coming weeks, and the anchor tenants appointed to manage the facility during the community hours and in line with the lease between the Department of Education and Skills and the council.

“Le Cheile secondary school will have use of the pitch during school hours, 8am to 5pm.”

Back in November, 2018, the council reported that the relevant documents to transfer the pitch from the Department of Education to the local authority were with the Chief State Solicitor’s office.

Councillors welcomed the news at the time, but stressed that the next important step was to decide who manages the facility on behalf of the Tyrrelstown community.

A number of local sports clubs and organisations have been left without a venue since the all-weather pitch was closed outside of school hours.

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