Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Minister for Communities to detail her Department’s expenditure on the Ulster Grand Prix for the last five years.
Minister for Communities: The Department has, through SportNI, supported measures to improve access and safety at the Ulster Grand Prix paddock and circuit at Dundrod.
Sport NI provided funding totalling £262,718 in 2017 to Dundrod and District Motorcycle Club, who promote the Ulster Grand Prix. The funding was used to improve safety provision and included the provision of a replacement motorbike scrutiny building which included modern toilet and shower facilities for competitors, improvements to the race administration building and paddock and improved disabled access.
£24,995 of the funding allocated was used to purchase safety bales to improve safety provision for riders and spectators. The bales are not exclusively for use at the Ulster Grand Prix and are loaned to other road racing events when schedules permit.