Statement by Alderman Stewart McDonald, TUV Bannside:
“In January 2017 I reported to Mid and East Antrim Borough Council the deterioration of the 3G football pitches at Ahoghill, Broughshane and Kells. Following safety inspections Ahoghill and Kells pitches were closed in July, while Broughshane was able to continue.
“I have made representations to Council and I am glad to hear that a contractor has now been appointment to lay new 3G surface at Ahoghill and Kells, and undertake remedial work to fix the surface at Broughshane. This work will commence in early 2018 dependent on weather.
“It is vitally important that these pitches are keep up to the requires standard as they are used by local football teams, as well as recreationally by many other groups within the borough. They are important and should be invested in to keep people fit and healthy.
“I want to thank those who brought this to my attention and for Council for appointing a contractor.”