Quinn: Beaches could see new facilities next year

Sinn Féin Cllr. Mick Quinn has welcomed the commitment from Donegal County Council water and environment section to look into the possibility of providing sport amenities on some county beaches.

Sinn Féin Cllr. Mick Quinn has welcomed the commitment from Donegal County Council water and environment section to look into the possibility of providing sport amenities on some county beaches.

At a meeting of the council’s water and environment strategic policy committee earlier this year, Cllr. Quinn had proposed that the council should consider providing some relatively inexpensive amenities on county beaches, such as volleyball or football nets.

“This could be done very easily on our Blue Flag beaches and would provide our children with activities which would make the beaches more attractive,” Cllr. Quinn said.

Joe Peoples, acting director of service for water and environment, told the councillor that the section would prepare a report on the possibility of providing such amenities for the committee’s meeting in September.

“I believe that this will be the first step towards providing these facilities on Donegal beaches in 2013,” Cllr. Quinn said. He said that since Donegal cannot rely on continuous sunshine during the summer, these activities “would make the beach more enjoyable for children at very little cost to the council”.

He suggested that designated areas on the beaches could be sectioned off for the games, so that they would not impact on other beach-goers.