Subregional Stadia Programme

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 2:30 pm on 24th January 2017.

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Photo of Sandra Overend Sandra Overend UUP 2:30 pm, 24th January 2017

T7. Mrs Overend asked the Minister for Communities for an update on the subregional stadia programme. (AQT 692/16-21)

Photo of Paul Givan Paul Givan DUP

The consultation analysis of that issue was completed recently. Were it not for the circumstances that we now face, that is something that I would have been keen to move on. I am talking to officials about that to see whether there is any potential to push the programme forward in the days that remain for me to do that. Obviously, however, given what has happened, that has created challenges.

Photo of Sandra Overend Sandra Overend UUP

I thank the Minister for that. I wonder whether he is optimistic that he will deliver that programme in the days that remain, given the fact that clubs have been waiting since last March, when the consultation process ended. An announcement was promised before Christmas. How confident is he that there will be something for local clubs?

Photo of Paul Givan Paul Givan DUP

The £36 million is ring-fenced money, and the Executive have already taken that decision. The money is there and is certainly not lost. We want to see an announcement about the way in which it will be allocated to allow people to make applications for it. I am currently engaging with my officials on that.