Fingal Independent - - NEWS SPECIAL -

AN in­ter­est­ing part­ner­ship be­tween Fin­gal County Coun­cil, a com­mu­nity gar­den group and the lo­cal Men’s Shed may yet pro­duce a sen­sor gar­den for Sker­ries.

Cllr Tom O’leary called for the coun­cil to bring for­ward pro­pos­als for ‘a sen­sory gar­den in the vicin­ity of the pro­posed play­ground or ad­ja­cent to the Com­mu­nity Gar­dens at Sker­ries Mills, in or­der to cater for chil­dren with ASD (Autism Spec­trum Dis­or­der) and oth­ers.’

Cllr O’leary said it was his un­der­e­stand­ing that Gov­ern­ment grants are avail­able for such de­vel­op­ments within com­mu­ni­ties.

In a writ­ten re­sponse to the lo­cal Fine Gael coun­cil­lor who is based in Sker­ries, the coun­cil re­vealed that plans are al­ready afoot to re­alise the project for the town.

The coun­cil’s writ­ten re­port states: ‘The Coun­cil is work­ing with the lo­cal Mens Sheds group and a Com­mu­nity Gar­den Group on the de­vel­op­ment of a gar­den link­ing the Mills with the new Skate Park and­play­ground area in the park.

‘Con­sid­er­a­tion will be given to the in­clu­sion of a sen­sory gar­den el­e­ment in the de­sign of the Com­mu­nity Gar­den and to the op­tions for fund­ing which are avail­able to the coun­cil.’

Mean­while, on the de­vel­op­ment of the play­ground at Sker­ries Mills the coun­cil also had an up­date for Cllr O’leary.

The lo­cal au­thor­ity stated that ten­ders for the project ‘are al­most com­plete’.

The coun­cil in­formed the coun­cil that it is ‘planned to ad­ver­tise these de­sign build ten­ders in early 2019 with a view to hav­ing the con­struc­tion work car­ried out dur­ing next year’.

With the play­ground and the gar­den link­ing Sker­ries Mills with the new skatepark for the area and the prospect of a sen­sory gar­den for the area, there are ex­cit­ing de­vel­op­ments for all the chil­dren of Sker­ries in the year ahead.

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