New move on Dungiven sports centre

Plans for a multi million pound sports centre in Dungiven have advanced to the next stage.

The project, initially thought to cost around £7m, was stalled in June after unionists on the Causeway, Coast & Glens shadow council said they weren’t satisfied with the level of information available on the project.

However, the project received the go ahead at a meeting of the shadow council on Thursday. A design team has now been appointed.

Sinn Fein Benbradagh councillor Dermot Nicholl said the project should start in 2015, but on a smaller scale and in phases.

“At the meeting we agreed to appoint a design team to go the next stage and that team will provide us with a more definitive costing and options for the project. That will be brought back to council for approval. The options for the project have been scaled back to reduce costs, and is likely to include a sports pavilion and playing fields at Curragh Road,” said Colr Nicholl, who added the project has been modified.

Colr. Nicholl said it is thought the project will cost somewhere in the region of £3m to £4m but, with £2.5m funding from DCAL the cost to council will be approximately £1m-£1.5m.

Colr. Nicholl added: “I am glad we have come to an agreement and overcome some difficulties. Hopefully this bodes well for the future workings of the new council. Overall, it’s good news for Dungiven.

Sinn Fein MLA for east Derry, Cathal O’hOisin said it was good news, and tweeted: “Good sense prevails.”