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Cork East Fine Gael TD David Stanton has welcomed confirmation from the Department of Rural and Community Development that the Mitchelstown FCA property is to receive funding under the Building Acquisition Measure (BAM) of the Town and Village Renewal Scheme for its proposed development as a multi-purpose sports and activities centre.

Under the Department of Rural and Community Development’s BAM initiative, local authorities were asked by the department to engage with the local community to identify suitable vacant or derelict properties that could be taken into public ownership and converted for community use. Funding will now be allocated for the redevelopment of former FCA property on the grounds of the old military barracks in Mitchelstown which will see the creation of a community space for organisations and sport clubs such as the local men’s shed, boxing club and girl guides.

Speaking after the funding had been announced; David Stanton said: “I am pleased to learn that the huge benefit that the redevelopment of such property would have to the town of Mitchelstown and the wider community has been recognised and that plans are now in place to create an important local amenity for people of all ages.

“Congratulations to all in Cork County Council and those involved locally in securing the funding and we look forward to seeing works commencing on site as soon as is possible”.