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Work to be begin on improving emergency pitch access

An ambulance had to be pushed through the mud at Donnelly’s Holm last year.

WORK on the provision of improving emergency access to a number of council owned pitches will begin as soon as conditions allow.
 
That’s according to a spokesman for Fermanagh & Omagh District Council in response to a number of complaints from soccer clubs that the local authority had not yet carried out the improvements as stipulated at the beginning of the year.
 
Following an incident in October last year when an ambulance attending to a player with a broken leg had to be pushed across the Donnelly’s Holm pitch (Omagh) after getting stuck in the mud, Council gave approval for the provision of improved access for emergency vehicles and the erection of relevant signage.
 
At a meeting on January 3 Council approved and ratified the recommendations to allow for the tender of the necessary works. Council indicated that when a contractor had been appointed it anticipated the work, at the cost of some £20, 000, would be completed in three months.
 
However club officials contacted the Herald last week to air their frustration that the proposed work had yet not commenced.
 
In response a Council spokesman said, “The contractor has been appointed for this project, but due to the prevailing inclement weather and flooding that has occurred in recent days and weeks, circumstances are not yet suitable to enable work to commence.
 
“The Council is monitoring the situation closely with a view to commencing work when conditions allow,” added the spokesman.
 

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