New move to resolve Mayo athletic track 'issues'

THE cathaoirleach of Ballina Municipal District, Councillor Seamus Weir, has agreed to become the authority's member on the Ballina Athletic Track steering committee.

Councillor Seamus Weir

Proposed by Councillor Annie May Reape at the September monthly meeting of Ballina Municipal District, Councillor Weir said he was 'cautious' but prepared to accept the nomination to see if issues surrounding the operation of the track could be resolved.

Councillor Michael Loftus suggested that the council needs to take back control of the facility in Belleek and then invite members of both local athletics club – Ballina AC and Moy Valley AC – to join the steering committee.

“A track of that quality has to be for everyone,” he stated, adding that the steering committee should be in control of the running of the facililty.

Councillor Loftus also urged the council to 'think big' in terms of their property in the Belleek area, where there is potential to create a sports hub for Ballina.

“I feel the steering committee should be for all property there owned by the council.

"The running track is just part of it. I feel the council has to take responsibility for it, and this is a good step in that direction.”

Mr. Tom Gilligan, director of services for the area, said he wanted to see the track utilised in the best way possible.

He would like to see it promoted not just from a county perspective, but from a provincial perspective as well.

“It's up to everyone to take responsibility and find a way forward,” Mr. Gilligan added.

“It's a fantastic track and we want to see that everyone gets the most out of it.”

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