Downpatrick Councillor Cadogan Enright said “I was gobsmacked by the amazing cheek of the SDLP and Sinn Fein this week claiming the new leisure centre at Dunleath Park for themselves. These big parties wanted to sell Dunleath park and move Downpatrick Leisure Centreout to the Hospital on the Ardglass Road or build a velodrome in the country north of the Quoile River”.
“Last year all the other 22 councilors voted for the white elephant velodrome and only I stood fast for Dunleath Park. Our new Leisure centrewould be finished by now had the SDLP in particular listened to reason. The campaign for Dunleath Park shows the value of voting independent thinkers onto the council, and the value of sparing a vote for someone outside the big party fold.” said Cllr Cadogan Enright.
“I see the new leisure centre as a vindication of the ten year campaign by myself and my predecessors Bill Corry and Raymond Blaney. We always said a Dunleath Park Leisure Centre is central to Downpatrick and the District as a whole It allows many people to walk in and others to get the bus to Downpatrick Bus Station. It was always the most sustainable option.”
“The new £12M Leisure Centre will bring a lift to the whole District and will be a massive boost to Downpatrick in particular, and I am particularly pleased that the Old Leisure Centre will be able to operate while the new one is being built. Living near Russell park as I do, I am also delighted at the prospect of heavy vehicle access to Russell Park being facilitated by this project, which will make a big difference to people living in this part of Downpatrick centre” Concluded Cllr Enright