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Rental and lease requests at Newry Sports Centre to be refused

Not 'financially viable' to allow office and meeting room requests

Requests to rent office space and meeting rooms at Newry Sports Centre will be refused.

Several enquiries have now been made to Newry, Mourne and Down District Council from interested parties.

They are keen to secure office accommodation in the state-of-the-art development.

Some organisations have also requested to be allowed to use rooms to hold meetings at the venue.

But council officials have investigated the possibility and it’s a ‘no go’ from them.

The council’s active and healthy communities committee will be told that it is not feasible to accede to such requests.

It would require “sectioning off” part of the building and it would not be possible to do this due to the “mechanical and electrical configuration of the building”.

Changing this could only be done at “signifcant costs”, a paper to committee informs.

It is reported that it is “not deemed to be financially viable” to allow groups or organisations to rent or lease part of the building.

All subsequent requests, the committee is advised, “should be refused”.

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