Councillors to vote on Headford Road centre next week

City councillors will have to decide on whether to grant or reject planning permission for a neighbourhood and community centre for the Ballinfoile/Castlegar area.

The proposed community centre will be built opposite the Tesco Store on the Headford Road. It will include three meeting rooms, a multi purpose space, changing rooms, offices and a large indoor playing area.

Labour’s Galway West candidate Cllr Derek Nolan has urged councillors to support the plans when it comes before them at Monday’s city council meeting.

“This community centre has been a decade in the planning and preparation,” he said. “We have seen many false dawns in the past and seen the scheme collapse entirely in 2009 due to the lack of a business partner.”

Cllr Nolan said the new plans are entirely “council led and council designed” and he is “particularly keen to ensure the centre acts as a focal point for walks and enjoyment” of the Terryland Forest Park.

He said: “The people of Ballinfoile/Headford Road have been badly let down by continual delays in this project. An entire generation of young people have missed out on its benefits. It’s time for this project to move ahead now.”



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