Com­mu­nity praised for Glebe Park in­put

Fingal Independent - - NEWS -

A pro­posal for an up­graded park in Bal­roth­ery is bring praised as a good ex­am­ple of a com­mu­nity work­ing to­gether with the coun­cil on a project to im­prove their lo­cal­ity.

The pro­posal for Glebe Park in Bal­roth­ery came be­fore the Bal­brig­gan/swords Area Com­mit­tee last week where coun­cil­lors were told the project would in­clude new play fa­cil­i­ties in­clud­ing a new chil­dren’s play­ground and Multi-use Games Area (MUGA) as well as adult ex­er­cise fa­cil­i­ties.

The project also in­cludes an im­proved path net­work as well as the up­grad­ing of car park fa­cil­i­ties and the a sig­nif­i­cant up­grad­ing of the ex­ist­ing sports pitch as well as the de­vel­op­ment of a new pitch and ten­nis courts.

There was huge com­mu­nity en­gage­ment in the de­sign of the project with 102 sub­mis­sions from lo­cals dur­ing an ex­ten­sive pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion process. The ma­jor­ity of those sub­mis­sions were in sup­port of the project and those who ex­pressed con­cerns about the de­vel­op­ment pointed to wor­ries about the archaeological im­pact of the project, ac­cess and egress to the car park and some lo­cals be­lieved the plans rep­re­sented an over-de­vel­op­ment of the park. There was also calls to make the park uni­ver­sally ac­ces­si­ble for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties.

the coun­cil moved to re­as­sure lo­cals on these and other con­cerns, say­ing that an archaeological re­port will be pre­pared for the site and its rec­om­men­da­tions will be com­plied with, there will also be pro­vi­sion for bet­ter ac­cess to the car park on foot of those con­cerns and the need for univer­sal ac­cess to the park would be a ‘guid­ing prin­ci­ple’ of the de­sign.

The coun­cil said it did not be­lieve this was an over-de­vel­op­ment of the park and the fa­cil­ity would make a ‘pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tion’ to the area. Sev­eral lo­cal coun­cil­lors praised the level of en­gage­ment from the com­mu­nity and the work of Bal­roth­ery Com­mu­nity Coun­cil and the county coun­cil’s parks di­vi­sion work­ing to­gether to re­alise the plan.

An il­lus­tra­tion of the pro­posed Glebe Park in Bal­roth­ery.

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