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Ritchie unveils £0.5million sports boost for Lurgan

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Social Development Minister Margaret Ritchie MLA today cut the first sod for the new changing rooms and car park at the Taghnavan Sports Complex in Lurgan.

Funding for the £473,000 project is being provided by the DSD’s Neighbourhood Renewal Investment Fund. Football pitches have recently been constructed at the site.

Margaret Ritchie said: “This is a great boost for the local area. Sport develops and enriches communities and these changing rooms and car park will give local people better facilities. I look forward to seeing them when complete.

“One of the key factors in successfully tackling deprivation and assisting regeneration is through partnership between the public, private and community sectors. I congratulate all those involved in making these projects happen, particularly the Lurgan Neighbourhood Partnership who are showing tremendous vision for regenerating the area. I am aware the Partnership is reviewing and updating its action plan for the years ahead and I wish them every success going forward.”

Notes to editors:

1. The Taghnavan Sports project is a joint venture involving St Pauls GAA Club and Craigavon Borough Council which is being delivered in two phases. The first phase involved the provision of sand based playing pitches at a cost of £585,000, with funding provided by St Paul’s GAC, Sport NI and Craigavon Borough Council. Phase 2, the current project, which is being funded by DSD through the Neighbourhood Renewal Investment Fund, involves the construction of a purpose built changing pavilion together with a car park and associated site works at a cost of just under £473,000.

2.The Neighbourhood Renewal Strategy 'People and Place' which was published in June 2003, sets out government’s proposals for closing the gap between the quality of life for people in the most deprived neighbourhoods and the rest of society.

The Neighbourhood Renewal Strategy has four interlinking strategic objectives:

  • Community Renewal - to develop confident communities that are able and committed to improving the quality of life in their areas.
  • Economic Renewal - to develop economic activity in the most deprived neighbourhoods and connect them to the wider urban economy.
  • Social Renewal - to improve social conditions for the people who live in the most deprived neighbourhoods through better co-ordinated public services and the creation of safer environments.
  • Physical Renewal - to help create attractive, safe and sustainable environments in the most deprived neighbourhoods.

3. Media enquiries to DSD Information Office on 028 9082 9078 or 07970 976894. Out of office please contact the Duty Press Officer via pager number 07699715440 and your call will be returned.