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Permanent toilet provision planned at Loughgall Country Park

The provision of new permanent toilet facilities at Loughgall Country Park is to be investigated.

And temporary toilets are to be provided in the meantime, following requests from golfers and visitors.

Loughgall Country Park and Golf Course opened in 2000 within the expansive DARD Demesne, which extends to approximately 188 hectares.

Over the past 15 years, the Country Park has developed and now boasts a number of amenities, including an 18 hole golf course, 37 acre coarse fishing lake, a football/multi use grass arena, tennis courts, play areas, adventure trails, extensive footpaths, cycle paths and bridal paths through the attractive woodland and parkland landscape.

The Country Park attracts well over 100,000 visitors ever year.

But the only toilet facilities on site are located at the main reception and car park area.

Both the Loughgall Men’s and Ladies Golf Clubs and councillors have raised the issue and requested an additional toilet facility be provided somewhere on the golf course.

Other visitors to the Loughgall Country Park have made similar calls.

At the last Golf Club meeting with council leisure officers, the clubs agreed to investigate what provision is made at other golf courses and identify approximate costs for a toilet facility.

It was agreed that the Country Park would provide a temporary solution by installing a portaloo, which would be serviced by the supplying company every week for the summer at a cost of £306.

Officers will investigate a location for a permanent solution for a site that could be used by golfers, as well other Country Park users, which, if possible, will have an electricity and water supply.

The matter will go before a meeting of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council’s leisure and community services committee.

It will be recommended to procure a temporary solution in relation to Loughgall Country Park and to negotiate further with stakeholders with regards to a more permanent fixture.

A further report will be brought to committee at a later date.

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