€55k spent on playground ‘mess’

The playground in Dromard. Photo: Shelley Corcoran

The playground in Dromard. Photo: Shelley Corcoran

A playground in Dromard that was built at a cost of €55,000 to the taxpayer remains unusable, a meeting of Longford Co Council heard last week.

Cllr Martin Mulleady (FF) who raised the issue, said the financial allocation for the construction of the children’s facility in north Longford had come from Longford Community Resources Ltd (LCRL) and there was just “one item” in it to this day.

“It is a mean looking development, I can tell you that much,” fumed Cllr Mulleady. “It has become a major issue for the people in the area, and to be honest with you, I can’t even see myself where that €55,000 was put, because the playground is so poor.”

The local area representative in Drumlish went on to ask that Longford Co Council to provide some financial assistance to complete the development to standard.

“I need the council to step in here and either provide the funding or seek the funding so that this playground can be finished,” continued Cllr Mulleady.

“I can’t see the value of the work in the playground at all - imagine there is only one item in it? It’s an absolute mess so it is.”

Director of Services, Frank Sheridan gave assurances to Cllr Mulleady that he would seek a meeting with the playground committee in an effort to determine an appropriate course of action to take.

Cllr Luie McEntire (FF) said that he would like to see the facility “finished off” and pointed out that he was availble to the playground’s committee to “help out” at any time.

Cllr Mulleady then made reference to the “wonderful” palyground that was opened in Abbeylara in 2012 and compared the standard of completion there with the work at the facility in Dromard, which, he als o pointed out “was only a few miles down the road”.

“It is an absolute disgrace that a playground for little children would be developed like this - look at the wonderful facility in Abbeylara. The people of Dromard should not have to put up with this.”

Cllr Sean Farrell (FG) who was county mayor at the time of the Abbeylara development, also praiseed the Abbeylara facility.

“It’s location is ideal, beside the school and right in the heart of the village,” he said.




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