Criticism of Dromard playground project is strongly rejected

Dromard Parents Association and Longford Community Resources Ltd (LCRL) have moved this week to dispel claims made at a recent Co Council meeting that the playground in Dromard had been left in a “mess”.

Both the Parents Association and LCRL have pointed out that the playground is due to be finished shortly.

Speaking to the Leader this week, Adrian Greene, CEO LCRL, said funding of €50,000 for the project was awarded under the LEADER programme.

“Based on the application by Dromard Parents Association and the additional required documentation, LCRL awarded a grant of 75% up to a maximum of €50,000 under the Rural Development (LEADER) Programme 2007-2013 from the Basic Services for the Economy and Rural Population measure of the programme,” he said.

“Dromard Parents Association must undertake and pay for the work, and then produce a receipt of expenditure for the works undertaken, which has to be verified and signed off on by a qualified engineer/architect.

“They must then submit a claim to LCRL to draw down the grant for the project.”

Mr Greene pointed out that the full grant has not yet been claimed.

“In the case of Dromard Parents Association and the community playground, the full grant has not yet been claimed or paid out as the group have not yet fully completed the playground due to the recent inclement weather,” the CEO continued.

“The Association does, however, anticipate that this valuable community facility will be completed shortly, and will then be submitting the claim to LCRL for the project.”

In a letter to the Longford Leader, Dromard Parents Association denied the claims made about the project at last week’s County Council meeting. The group stated that €55,000 had not been spent on the project and also that the project had not been left uncompleted but was now due to be finished in May.

“As a voluntary group we give of our time to insure that our children in Dromard have all of the facilities available to them to insure they grow up in a healthy environment,” the group stated. “ It is hoped that this project, in an ideal location beside the school in the heart of our community, is the start of many projects in the future.”




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