Mourneview has received a boost with the announcement of funding for a new multi-use games area at Dickson Primary School.
Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland has pledged £145,000 for the construction of the MUGA at the school. It will be available for use by school pupils during the day and by residents in the evenings, weekends and school holidays.
In a similar set up to the Lurgan Junior High School MUGA, the SELB have provided land to facilitate the construction and council will manage the contract and take on the future maintenance role in conjunction with the local community.
Johnny Mercer of Mourneview and Grey Estate Community Association commented: “This is another great addition to our community. We, as a group, would like to thank Anne and Michelle (Hanlon) for all their hard work. This has been a long drawn out affair and eventually we will see the rewards. We hope this will give the young people something to do in the evenings and after school.”
DUP Councillor Carla Lockhart said: “When it was discussed over three ago it seemed impossible but I am delighted I was able to assist the community and the statutory authorities in every step of the process.
“I want this area to get what other areas are getting and to that end I will continue to fight for better community services, improves roads infrastructure and NIHE improvements.”
PUP spokesperson Lexi Davidson said: “Credit must go to all those who have helped bring this project to fruition. None more so than the Mourneview and Grey Estate Community Association. It will however concern the association, as it does our party, that the community will have limited access. There will be occasions when Dickson Primary School is open and other local schools closed. The proposed timetable will inevitably exclude some of the young people living in the area.
“Across the UK these MUGAs are used by older residents. We would ask that these factors are taken into consideration before any agreement is put in place.
“It would be our hope that this announcement, along with the recent refurbishment of the play park in Mourneview, is just the start and that. This funding is a drop in the ocean compared to the millions that is needed when it comes to addressing the distinct lack of investment in the loyalist community of south Lurgan.”
Acting principal of Dickson, Mary Sergeant said the school were delighted and it would be a terrific asset to the school and local community.