Shrigley children’s sports pitches due for repair scheme

Shrigley children’s sports pitches due for repair scheme

29 July 2020

CHILDREN’S sports pitches in Shrigley are to be upgraded.

Confirmation that Newry, Mourne and Down Council has agreed to carry out the work has been welcomed by Rowallane councillor Patrick Brown.

He has been lobbying for the upgrade in response to residents’ concerns and is pleased that the football pitches used by young people who live in the village will be improved.

Cllr Brown said that an existing boundary fence will be increased in height alongside the provision of additional netting to prevents stray footballs from ending up in neighbouring gardens.

“Goalposts will be painted and holes in the ground fixed as part of a general revamp to improve playing conditions,” he said.

“Furthermore, no ball games will be allowed in the play park itself and new signage will be erected to reflect this.”

Cllr Brown said he was pleased that the local authority is open to improving the conditions of the pitch and also the additional measures to protect local houses.

“Especially over summer, it is important for the younger members of our community to have adequate outdoor facilities where they can take part in sporting activities,” he said.

The Rowallane councillor added: “I hope that the improved fence offers residents peace of mind as their properties and cars will no longer be subject to stray footballs. I would also ask that parents respect that the play park is off limits to ball-games, instead encouraging their kids to use the new pitches.”