Thursday, April 15, 2021

Fine Gael TD Alan Dillon has outlined his frustration with the lack of progress in the delivery of the second phase of the Lough Lannagh project in Castlebar.

The proposed development includes a plan for a multi-lane tartan running track and multi-sport playing fields, along with ancillary facilities.  It will build on the success of Castlebar Swimming Pool, Lough Lannagh Holiday Village, and surrounding walks.

This project needs to be prioritised by Mayo County Council and the local authority should progress the publication of a Masterplan for the development of an integrated multi-sport campus.  The Mayo Multi-Sport Outdoor Pursuits and Sports Tourism Hub will provide for the needs of various organisations across the entire site and should be tracked with quarterly progress reports.  This has the potential to be a leading campus that will complement the existing Lough Lannagh Sports Hub and significantly add to the third-level infrastructure for the future Technological University to be located at GMIT Mayo,” said Deputy Dillon.

In 2019, a Large-Scale Sports Infrastructure grant application was submitted by Mayo County Council for the Mayo Multisport Outdoor Adventure and Sports Tourism Hub.  This incorporated Phase II of what was also known as the National Outdoor Pursuit Academy, but a portion of land must be transferred for this project to proceed.

“It is my understanding that the agreed transfer of the lands at the five-acre Knockaphunta site from the HSE to the local authority is nearing completion.  Access to the land would enable Mayo County Council to develop a detailed masterplan including the many iterations of the plans so far and give due account to a post-Covid environment for project development.  This will help support the funding model and context leading to a specific action plan to unlock the value of the site,” he added.

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