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Delight As All-Weather Pitch Sanctioned For River Valley

News of the proposed construction of an all-weather pitch and recreational hub at Ward River Valley in Swords has been given a very broad welcome by local representatives of the area.

The news of the much-needed facility was given to local councillors at last week’s Balbriggan/Swords Area Committee meeting. The full sized all-weather pitch will be suitable for GAA, Soccer and other field sports; with 103 space car/coach park and reinforced grass area to accommodate up to 32 overflow car parking spaces.

The facilities will occupy an area of approximately two hectares close to the park entrance on River Valley Road. It will provide local sports clubs, schools and other community groups with a high quality and weather independent sports facility.

Local councillor Joe Newman (NP) said: “I have been campaigning for an all-weather facility for the past number of years and it seems to be the way forward for clubs which they can use all-year long. The two local clubs here in River Valley, St Finian’s GAA Club and Rivervalley Rangers FC were very involved in pursuing this and I wholeheartedly support them in this. It will be a great boost for local schools in the area and I would like to see this new all-weather pitch being made available to Swords Manor FC, across the valley as well.

“It is wonderful news for the community and it will go to public consultation where everyone can have their say and we can expect the facility to be ready for use next year.”

Observations or submissions regarding these proposals will be sought from members of the public and other interested parties, as part of a comprehensive public consultation process, as the proposed facilities are located in an environmentally sensitive location and the process will ensure that the relevant statutory organisations are consulted.

It is hoped that work will start next next spring / early summer to be complete later in 2018. This is being funded by the Dublin Airport Authority (daa) as part of their discharge of the new runway planning conditions relating to compensatory habitats.