£13.65m Downpatrick Leisure Centre Approved

A new £13.65m leisure centre for Downpatrick, County Down, has been given the go-ahead.

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan today announced planning approval for the new facility.

The redeveloped leisure centre will be located on the Ballydugan Road. Facilities include a new 25-metre swimming pool, four court sports hall, fitness suite, squash court, multipurpose spa and relaxation area.

Mark H Durkan said: "This £13.65 million development scheme, by Down District Council, is welcome news for Downpatrick, injecting investment in to the local economy.

"It will bring new and improved leisure facilities the whole community can enjoy. This will help to improve health and wellbeing by providing excellent sport and leisure facilities for people in the area."

The Minister concluded: "Decisions like this are helping to deliver a better environment and a stronger economy."


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