‘Green flag’ from planners for model car club’s new office

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Craigavon Model Racing Car Club looks set to have a new ‘anti-vandal’ office built at its site at Kernan Playing Fields.

The proposal was recommended for approval by the planning committee of Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Council, but still requires full ratification.

The building will be used to store model racing cars and equipment during races. It will be sited beside the car park and an existing prefab building.

The existing fence between the parking area and race track is to be moved slightly back to accommodate the new building.

The application has been made by Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon District Council.

A council spokesperson explained that the office will be of metal construction. It is understood this material was chosen as a previous building on the site, which was made of wood, was burned down.

Last May, Craigavon Model Car Club was left with extensive damage after vandals struck. Members arrived at the club to find burnt tyres, broken beer bottles and cigarettes lying along the track. The vandals had also attempted to break into one of the club’s wooden huts.

The track first came into use in the mid 1980s. In 2002 the Council erected a perimeter fence around the track and the track was resurfaced. 
In 2005 an anti-vandal steel framed office was placed on site with the help of the local council. The track was again resurfaced in 2009.

Planners said the club provided a social benefit to the local community.