Down Cllr Cadogan Enright has praised a Ballyhornan farming family for their pubic spirit and support for their local community.
Cllr Enright said “The Trainor family have generously offered to adjust the boundary of their property to facilitate the new Ballyhornan 3G pitch. They were also very supportive of the project though the planning stages and this did help us secure planning permission”.
Michael Trainor said “I can confirm on behalf of my family that we have seen the plans for the new 3G pitch and are delighted to be able to offer our support to this project. We believe that the land in question is already the property of the Ballyhornan Family Centre, and that the right of way between our two properties has been correctly delineated. If any adjustments to boundaries are needed along the new boundary, we would be pleased to make the necessary adjustment at no cost to the Ballyhornan Family Centre”.
Patricia Curran, Chairperson of the Ballyhornan Family Centre said, “we are most appreciative for the on-going support of the Trainor family, and this is the sort of ‘self-help’ that will make the regeneration of Ballyhornan as a whole a lot easier. The revenue from the 3G pitch will make a very valuable addition to our income and make the centre sustainable for the long term.”
Cllr Enright said that “I have been briefed on the latest situation on the 3G pitch and my understanding is the Ballyhornan 3G pitch project is in the process of being taken over by the Council’s Recreation and Community Services. Council legal services are writing to the Ballyhornan Community Association’s solicitor to start the legal side of things which will allow Council to proceed with the project.”
“It is also my understanding the Ballyhornan 3G pitch is now also in the final stages of the Social Investment Fund decision process concerning the projects they will provide funding to. If the SIF funding is made to the Ballyhornan 3G it would speed up the process as all the funding would be in place, reducing Down Councils contribution to only requiring £25,000.”
“Its been a long road for the Ballyhornan Task Force getting the project this far, and it appears that we are finally approaching the finishing line” Concluded Cllr Cadogan Enright