July 18, 2024

No waste of space – old Kilkenny dump to be transformed into public park


A NEW community recreational space is set to spring from the site of an old landfill as work to transform the old dump begins next week.

Heavy machinery is set to move-in on the former landfill site at Rockfield, Gowran after funding was made available for the project. Contractors have also been approved.

Kilkenny County Council said the work will be completed by the end of September, when an assessment initiated by the council’s parks section will investigate if the transformed site has the potential to be used as a recreational community amenity.

Earlier this year, €340,000 funding was secured by the council from the Department of Communication, Climate Action & Environment for the site remediation works.

The contract to revamp the site has been awarded to Priority Construction Ltd, a Dublin based company with a track record in converting and restoring similar types of sites.

The 0.4 hectares site works will include the excavation of existing cap material, the placement of a gas collection system and the installation of an LLDPE liner along with a sub-surface drainage system and surface water filter drains.

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