Templemore Sports Complex to shut down for three weeks

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Templemore Sports Complex is to close for three weeks this summer to allow for maintenance works.

The closure will take effect on July 31st and will last through until August 20.

The move was approved by the Council’s Health and Community Committee at its March meeting in Strabane on Thursday.

The Council’s Head of Leisure Barry O’Hagan told the committee that the closure was being proposed to allow for the undertaking of improvements to service provision and maintenance works that needed to be carried out.

Mr O’Hagan referred to an earlier decision by the Council to allocate £120,000 for the works at Templemore.

The funding was agreed back in November.

He said that options for accommodating the works had included phasing it over a number of months but added that council officers believed this would cause more disruption for users of the Complex.

He also clarified that there would be no impact on summer camps planned for the four weeks of July as these would go ahead, while some bookings for pitches would also go ahead.

Mr O’Hagan said there would be a small impact on income for the Council, but that staff would be redeployed and were also being given the option of taking their annual leave over this period.

SDLP Councillor Martin Reilly said that the Council needed to ensure the matter was communicated effectively with clubs and others using the facility.

SDLP Councillor Shauna Cusack questioned what would happen to people who had paid for annual fitness or club memberships at Templemore.

Mr O’Hagan said they would be given the option of a three week refund or a three week extension once their year was up.