West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

Proposal to redevelop St Julian's Road ground to go before council.

Published: 20 January, 2010

A proposal, which if passed would see the redevelopment of the St. Julian's road football grounds will go before the meeting of the Omagh District Councils Development Committee in February. The grounds were closed a number of years back and have lay dormant since. The ground had formerly been home to Omagh Town football club. Bringing the proposal before the Development committee will be Sinn Féin Omagh town councillor Sean Begley.

Speaking on the proposal he said:

"I am bringing this proposal before the council in order to bring this stadium back into use as a football ground. Until the past number of years this ground hosted many great teams and games including hosting teams from Britain, namely Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea.

"This football stadium is in a residential area and is currently in a state of disrepair. As owners of this ground Omagh District Council has a responsibility for its upkeep and maintenance. However within the past number of years the ground has become unusable and due to health and safety concerns the ground has been closed to the public for some years. We as a council need to make this stadium fit for purpose. In order to do this we must address the feasibility of the stadium and assess the health and safety concerns, which have been highlighted previously.

"I would like to see the playing surface improved, ensuring it is up to standard as well as ensuring fencing of the venue is adequate as well as redeveloping the car park area.

"The proposal will also seek a buy in from local clubs, one of which may use this stadium in the future. In order to make a success of the stadium Omagh District Council would go into partnership interested clubs. Applications would be open to all clubs in the local area and expressions of interest would be sought. If the plan was given the green light we as a council would go into consultation with interested clubs and a business case would need to be built up by these clubs. This is essential in order to maintain and sustain the ground.

"I will be presenting my proposal on behalf of the Sinn Féin group on the council and would hope to gain cross party support for this proposal. If adapted this will have huge benefits for the local sporting scene, the local community and the town of Omagh as a whole.