Sinn Féin Councillor for Rosemount Mickey Cooper has welcomed a meeting that took place today between Council officials, elected representatives and user groups of the Brooke Park 3G pitch which recently closed due to health and safety issues caused by football’s going over the exterior fence around the pitch:
Councillor Cooper said
‘The meeting allowed user groups to air their concerns that a safety net was not installed above the pitch when it was initially developed which has seen a number of balls land on the adjacent road and also cause some damage to the roofs of nearby properties.
The council officers were able to reassure the groups that funding for a new net was being processed through council with a view to having it procured and installed as soon as possible and that all user groups would be accommodated with alternative provision whilst the procurement of the net was taking place. The user groups were also able to make their own suggestions to council which are now being explored by council officers.
Whilst the current situation is not one that anybody wanted, I am at least reassured that the funding is in place to resolve the situation. I will continue to liaise with groups and council officers to ensure the permanent solution of a new net will be processed as quickly as possible and that all groups are accommodated in the meantime to allow their activities and programmes to continue.’