The Dungiven area could be in line for a major boost of its sport and leisure facilities - and a huge crowd at a public meeting this week agreed that’s badly 
needed in the town.

Limavady Borough Council has tasked consultants to find out the needs and requirements for groups in the Benbradagh area. At Wednesday’s public consultation at the Sports Pavilion, more than 140 people from sporting, community and residents’ groups turned out to have their say.

“It was a very positive meeting and very enlightening,” said SDLP Colr. Michael Coyle, who said it was heartening to see the community support for Council, where the issue was raised last year.

Sinn Fein Colr. Sean McGlinchey said current facilities in the Dungiven area were “poor”.

“Dungiven deserves better but it’s not just about Dungiven; this is about the whole Benbradagh area,” he said after the meeting. “But I think this is a step in the right direction and you have to commend Council for that. It’s good news for the area and it was one of the most positive and productive meetings in the town. I also think Council accepts facilities in Dungiven need improvement. We’re due to get a report back from the consultants by the end of November so we’ll have to wait until then. The idea is to have a healthy living space for the town where families can access facilities and where sporting groups can access facilities and making it a social hub for everyone.”

A spokesperson for Limavady Borough Council said the meeting was ‘Phase One’ of an ongoing consultation process on “our future sports and community provision in the wider Limavady area”.

“Council officers were delighted with the engagement from the local community, with over 140 people from sporting and community groups. It is testament to local elected representatives that they played an important role in bringing together such a range of wide interests.

“Council is gathering information on what’s out there in terms of both existing provision and upcoming need, and this work will help to identify the gaps. A report is now being collated and will be presented to Council at the end of November. Elected members will be looking closely at the priorities which have been suggested by the local community.”