AN AMBITIOUS major community gym being planned for Drumquin could soon become reality after planning approval for the new £400,000 project was granted.
It is the vision of the recently-formed Drumquin Healthy Living Partnership who are hoping that work on the new complex will start early next year, 2020.
Officials from Fermanagh and Omagh District Council were last night (Wednesday) due to give the green light for the development.
Located on the site of the playground adjacent to the grounds of Drumquin Wolfe Tones GAA club, the proposal includes the new community gym, new public footpath, car parking and external play and fitness spaces.
In a report to last night’s meeting of the Council’s Planning committee, the development was described as creating an attractive building along the main entrance road between Omagh and Drumquin.
“The building is more modern by design and of a different scale and form to the other buildings in the immediate vicinity. But its slight set-back from the road allows for this diversity while not detracting from the other buildings,” the report added.
Paul McCusker, chairman of the Drumquin Healthy Living Partnership, said earlier this year that the scheme would be “massive for Drumquin”.
He said that the motivation of the group was to ensure that the health and fitness needs of local people of all ages are catered for.
The building is being designed to maximise the use of glass and those using the gym will have panoramic views out over the local GAA pitches and the surrounding countryside.
Posted: 4:30 pm July 21, 2019