Path across dis­puted right of way is dug up

SU­GAR­LOAF CRES­CENT RES­I­DENTS ‘VERY UP­SET’

Bray People - - NEWS - MARY FOG­A­RTY

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.

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