Sinn Féin welcome funding for Marrowbone Park
Sinn Féin Councillors Ryan Murphy and Mary Clarke have welcomed a decision taken at last night’s North Area Working Group that would see the Belfast Investment Fund used to address the shortfall at Marrowbone Park.
Commenting on the decision Cllr Ryan Murphy said:
“It became apparent to us a few months ago that the project to redevelop Marrowbone Park along with a pitch extension and permanent changing rooms was stuck in limbo due to a significant funding shortfall.
“This news concerned us as we had been viewing the project as an opportunity to address the ongoing issue of anti-social behaviour in the area as well as addressing the size of the pitch which would hopefully allow local teams playing at a higher standard to access the facilities.
“With that in mind we met council officers and Urban Villages to discuss this and how we could address this gap.
“During this period a project set to receive funding through Council’s Belfast Investment Fund made council aware that they were no longer interested in availing of the funding, this was confirmed at Tuesday night’s North Area Working Group.
“Following on from that I proposed that this money could be steered towards the Bone Hills project and it was seconded by Cllr Mary Clarke.
“We are delighted that this will now go on for council ratification and would hope that following this will go to community consultation in the next few months.
“We want local residents, sports organisations and community organisations to have their say in how the park should look and we look forward to engaging with them on this.”