Glynn and Carnlough score new play facilities!

Tuesday 6 February 2024

Work is due to commence soon on the refurbishment of the Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) in Carnlough and the development of a new kickaround area in Glynn.

Carnlough MUGA - which is located close to Glenlough Community Centre - will be getting a new 3G carpet, associated shockpad and boundary fencing, which will include ball-stop fencing behind the goal units. The existing flood lights and surrounding bitmac footpaths will be retained.

Glynn will benefit from a new 36m x 27m MUGA (polymeric surface) which will be located within the grass pitch area - adjacent to the existing shale pitch. Works will include flood lighting, ball-stop fencing, bitmac surfaced access pathways leading from the new MUGA, street furniture and soft landscaped areas.

This investment of £432K is part of the £2.4M funding package from the Department for Communities (DfC) and the Department for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA), as part of the COVID Recovery Small Settlements Regeneration Programme. The project has also received funding from Mid and East Antrim Borough Council.

The programme aims to revitalise small settlements, in order to make them more attractive and safe for residents and visitors, following the negative impacts of COVID-19. E Quinn Civils Ltd. have been awarded the contract, which is due to commence in mid-January and is planned to be completed by the middle of May 2024.

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Alderman Gerardine Mulvenna, welcomed the plans saying:

“It’s fantastic news that Council are delivering these excellent facilities for use by our community – they are sure to be a vital asset for our residents in and around Carnlough and Glynn.

“The new facilities will benefit lots of people and we really hope they will encourage more young people to participate in activities. Sport - and providing children with the opportunity to play - has a positive impact on health, education and community cohesion.

“I am delighted these wonderful areas will benefit from this significant funding and these new and upgraded additions to their local area.”

Commenting on the investment by the Department for Communities & Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, Teresa O’Neill, DAERA Director of Rural Affairs said: “I look forward to the construction phase of these projects at Glynn and Carnlough progressing over the coming months.  When complete, they will regenerate these underused spaces in line with our shared goals to attract footfall and create thriving centres, through improved amenities for residents and the wider community.”