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Nicholl welcomes green light for Portglenone MUGA as “much needed resource” for local youths

A meeting of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council’s Planning Committee provided good news for the Portglenone community with approval granted for a new Multi-use Games Area (MUGA) in the village.

DUP Alderman Tommy Nicholl, has been at the forefront of campaigning for the facility which will be located on existing lands at Portglenone Marina, Gortgole Road, and includes a new artificial playing surface, 5m boundary fence, flood lighting, drainage amendments and associated changes to surrounding access points to facilitate pedestrian and maintenance access.

The Bannside councillor was delighted by the planner’s decision, granted on Thursday (7 July), providing the go-ahead for the proposed MUGA facility, which he said would be a welcome boost for the rural community of Portglenone.

Mr Nicholl also said he was grateful for the “wholehearted support” of North Antrim MP Ian Paisley, who backed the campaign for the facility.

Speaking to Love Ballymena, Alderman Nicholl stated:

“As a local Councillor for the Bannside, I have been campaigning for better provision for football in Portglenone since 2015. This has resulted in the identification of this area as the first phase in providing better facilities to the local community.

“Around £450k has been secured to deliver this 3G MUGA, which will provide a much needed resource for the young people of Portglenone.”

Mr Nicholl added:

“It is my vision and aim for the area that a further grass pitch be provided and I will continue to press Council to identify the land to deliver this for the Portglenone community.”


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