Tuesday, November 15, 2022

The Cathaoirleach of the Ballina Municipal District has said the ongoing dispute over the Ballina Athletics track is “a poor reflection” on all involved.

Independent Cllr Mark Duffy said he felt it was important to address the issue of the ongoing dispute within the sporting community in Ballina.

The track has been the subject of long-running disagreements between Ballina Athletics Club and Mayo County Council over the management of the track.

“The dispute has led to children and young sports people in our town training in unsafe conditions without lighting and toilets on what is a state-of-the-art, publicly-funded facility,” said Cllr Duffy.

“The fact that this can happen is a poor reflection on every one of us, me as a local councillor, the disputing parties and civic leaders within the town.”

Cllr Duffy said it seemed inevitable that the matter will end up in the courts.

“The dispute is ongoing and is involved in a legal process that has the possibility of rolling on indefinitely. I do hold out hope that a mature resolution can be found without the necessity of legal proceedings in the interest of the young sports people within our community,” he said.

Meanwhile, Cllr Duffy welcomed the news that Mayo County Council has received Sports Capital funding to replace all lighting on the track with new LED lighting.

“This lighting will be controlled externally and will enable all users of the track to enjoy and avail of its use. It’s possible that this could be in place before the end of the year if a gap in the matched funding can be found,“ said Cllr Duffy.

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