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Children urged to be aware of dangers in climbing over high fences

Thursday, 17 August 2017

PARENTS in Ballygawley have been urged to know the whereabouts of their children following reports that young people are climbing a high fence to gain access to a secured multi-use games area at the playing fields in the village.

Mid Ulster Council has reminded those interested in using the multi-use games area that it is a paid-for facility and must be booked through Dungannon Leisure Centre.

It is understood there had been issues with regards to the availability of key-holders, but the council has pledged to address such issues, and will review signage at the facility.

"In the interim, anyone experiencing any issues with the facility should contact Dungannon Leisure Centre directly and we would urge all parents to ensure their children do not climb over fences at any property," a spokesperson added.

 

The appeal has been echoed by Ballygawley-based councillor, Sharon McAleer.

"A community group has approached the council to work with key-holders from this end, and the council is looking into it," she said.

"Ideally, the facility wouldn't be locked all of the time as it is under-used at present. In the meantime, I would encourage parents to know the whereabouts of their children. Young people should also be aware of the dangers of climbing high fences."

Meanwhile, Mrs McAleer said a "village plan" also includes a proposal for toilet facilities at the playing fields, as well as floodlights which would cover the walking paths.

"As a councillor, I hope we can overcome these issues," said Mrs McAleer.

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