February 25, 2021
News

Anger as Kilkenny playground removed over dumping and anti-social behaviour

By COLIN BARTLEY

A CHILDREN’S playground has been removed and a wall knocked at a Kilkenny community centre because of illegal dumping and ongoing anti-social behaviour in the area.

Kilkenny County Council said it was forced to take the extraordinary measure of knocking the wall and removing a playground at the Fr McGrath Centre on St Joseph’s Road this week as it had become a safety risk to young children.

The wall and playground were removed with the permission of the Fr McGrath Centre.

In a statement, the council said “a significant proportion”of its playground budget has been spent on the Fr McGrath Centre. However, it said this situation was “unsustainable”.

A council spokesperson told KilkennyNow.ie: “The works carried out in the vicinity of the Fr McGrath Centre are in response to illegal dumping and anti-social behaviour which has been an ongoing issue for the past number of years.

“The council reluctantly undertook this course action after years of significant investment into this recreational facility. Over the last four years, 20% of the Council’s maintenance budget for all, now 30 playgrounds across the whole county, was spent on this particular facility.

“With the situation unlikely to change this was unsustainable.

“The main focus of our intervention was to remove the safety risk that was posed to young children using the Multi-Use Game Area (MUGA) and playground as a result of play equipment being repeatedly damaged, the soft surfacing under the playground being pull-up and the risk associated with the vandalised screen fencing around the MUGA.

“In addition, given that the MUGA was screened from the public road and is unlit it is prone to anti-social behaviour and illegal dumping.”

The council resurfaced the older children’s playground so that basketball and soccer could still be played on it. The screen fencing surrounding the playground, which was extensively damaged, had to be removed. However, the toddler playground will remain in place.

The council spokesperson added: “The removal of the boundary wall was required to allow passive surveillance from the public road by the public down to the MUGA area, with the hope that same (surveillance) will act as a deterrent to further damage being caused to the MUGA itself and reduce illegal dumping.

“Going forward, it is intended CCTV will be provided at this location, along with enhanced lighting, to combat the issues outlined above. Once in place, it’s the Council’s intention that the playground will be reinstated.”

Related Posts

  1. Hello Ladies and Gentlemen, Are you in urgent need of a personal loan or Commercial Loans or a loan to startup a project or to buy a house or a car or you need a loan for any purpose? If yes, I will advise you to contact Sunshine Financial Group via {Email: sunshinefinancialgroupinc@gmail.com} or {WhatsApp: +447903159998}.

    Sunshine Financial Group is a comprehensive financial service firm committed to helping you improve your long-term financial success. Our customized programs are designed to help grow, protect, and conserve your wealth by delivering personalized service and expertise. 

    The reason why you should contact Sunshine Financial Group;
    – Apply anytime, anywhere.
    – Receive cash in less than 24 hours
    – You can borrow up to 20 Million Euro
    – No hidden charges.
    – Subsidized interest rate of 3%
    – You Get The Chance To Select the Repayment Date, either weekly, monthly or yearly for a duration of 1-30 years. 
    – We offer both secured and unsecured loans

    If you have been finding it so difficult to get equity loan from your local banks or other financial institutes, worry no more, because We have helped numerous number of individuals and organizations who have been facing financial difficulty all over the world. When you apply with us, you’re applying with a trusted company that cares about your financing needs. You’ll be taken care of  through the whole process.

    If you need an urgent loan within 24 hours, kindly write to the email below for more information
    Email Contact: (sunshinefinancialgroupinc@gmail.com)
    WhatsApp Contact: +447903159998

  2. abdullah ibrahim says:

    Are you in need of Urgent Loan Here no collateral required all problem regarding Loan is solve between a short period of time with a low interest rate of 2% and duration more than 20 years what are you waiting for apply now and solve your problem or start a business with Loan paying of various bills I think you have come to the right place just contact us We Are Here To Show You A Better Way To Financial Freedom !!!
    Contact Us At : abdullahibrahimlender@gmail.com
    whatspp Number +918929490461
    Mr Abdullah Ibrahim

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *