by Marianne Flood

A contractor has yet to be appointed to address problems with the perimeter fence at the 3G pitch at the Brooke Park Leisure Centre, two months after it was shut.

Derry City and Strabane District Council announced at the end of June the facility was to close while work was undertaken to address issues with the perimeter fence.

The state of the art floodlit 3G Multi-Use Games facility was opened in December 2015.

The Derry News revealed earlier this year that a house close to the facility was being damaged by balls being kicked over the perimeter fence.

The local council then closed the pitch at the end of June following health and safety concerns about the balls going over the fence.

Speaking at the time DCSDC Director of Health and Communities, Karen McFarland, said a tender process was being initiated with a view to resolving the issue by the autumn.

However, a spokesperson for Derry City and Strabane District Council has confirmed a contractor has not been appointed yet.

“The council is currently involved in a tender process to initiate works at the pitch.” explained the spokesperson.

“That process is ongoing and an updated position is expected to come before members of the Health and Communities Committee this month.”

The spokesperson added that the council remained ‘committed’ to having the facility reopened as soon as it can.

Meanwhile, the independent councillor for the area, Darren O’Reilly, said that he was hopeful that an announcement would soon be made in relation to the appointment of a contractor.

“I have been involved in discussions in the last few days with the council and stakeholders in regards to the awarding of the tender and I hope that there will be news on that soon,” he said.

“I would also urge that this process is prioritised so that the schedule of re-opening can be adhered to and we get this much needed community facility back into use.”

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