Cost to re-open Brooke Park pitch 'could exceed £30000' after asbestos was discovered in roof tiles – Derry Now

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by Gareth Cross

Derry City and Strabane District Council has said that the costs to re-open the Brooke Park 3G pitch ‘could exceed £30,000’.

The pitch was closed recently following health and safety concerns surrounding balls hitting nearby houses.

A house adjacent to the pitch suffered repeated hurt to their roof as a result of balls from the facility.

A council officer told a meeting of the council’s Health and Community Committee in Strabane on Thursday that a ‘recent inspection of the roof by a qualified company has indicated that the roof tiles contain asbestos and in terms of the duty of care to both the resident and maintenance/contractor teams this risk needs to be managed with the utmost due diligence’.

The council will now seek to identify somebody to carry out the work of installing protective netting at the pitch, following a procurement process.

Responding, Sinn Fein councillor Eric McGinley said he ‘wanted to express his disappointment’ that the issue was not dealt with at the design stage of the 3G pitch.

Cllr McGinley said ‘people predicted this was an accident waiting to happen so close to residential properties’.

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