Bad news on the playground front

Article Posted: Saturday 30th May, 2009

Dublin City Council says it is currently unable to access funding for the promised playground in Grattan Crescent near Inchicore Village.

Earlier this year, the council committed itself to providing a standalone playground, as sought by residents for some years. It also dropped an earlier requirement that apartments be developed around the park as part of the scheme.

However, now the council says it is unlikely the playground will receive Government approval given the current financial constraints.

The council says it had hoepd to fund a new playground from the HSE's Playground Leverage Scheme.

However, it says Pobail (Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltac all government schemes need to receive Department of Finance sanction before proceeding.

"It is unlikely that this scheme will receive the neceassary approval given the current economic conditions," the council says.

The council goes on to say that the provision of a playground in Inchicore remains a top priority and it will examine any alternative funding options etc etc.

With a week to go to the local elections, it's vital now that voters raise this issue with candidates seeking their votes. Inchicore has already suffered massively from the cutbacks of the past year, and this is just the latest blow of many.