Path across disputed right of way is dug up
SUGARLOAF CRESCENT RESIDENTS ‘VERY UPSET’
THE BATTLE for the Temple Vevay sports field at Sugarloaf Crescent escalated last week, when the pathway across the green was demolished.
A contractor was brought in to remove the path and the area was fenced off, however many residents believe it to be a right of way.
Residents of Sugarloaf Crescent are seeking legal advice as they still believe they have a right to access to the green area adjacent to their homes.
A fence was erected at dawn on an August morning last summer, leaving the local children with no play area.
The field is now exclusively used by Wolfe Tone Youth Club and other football teams, with no access provided for residents who have used the green for over three decades.
The land, owned by Lord Meath, was held in lease by Bray Town Council before being transferred to the Wolfe Tone Youth Club, who requested the fence to due anti-social behav- iour. Some of the problems have included joyriding on the pitches, drinking, and a series of fires in a now-destroyed pavilion clubhouse.
Town Clerk Christine Flood said last year that the council’s law agent has advised that the extinguishment of the right of way is legal and that they were entitled to erect the fence.
‘People are very upset, we can’t believe this is continuing to go on,’ said Patricia O’Leary of the Sugarloaf Crescent Residents’ Association. ‘ How can they get away with this? That land was handed over by Lord Meath for community use. The field in Fassaroe is open to the public, as is the one in People’s Park. This could set a troubling precedent.’
Another resident who has lived in the area all his life said that he feels wronged by the loss of the field. ‘I don’t want it for myself anymore, I want it for my children, and my neighbours’ children,’ he complained.
Ms. O’Leary was due to meet with the Town Clerk yesterday evening, and a barrister today, to discuss the matter further.
A workman removing the pathway at Temple Vevay sports field.