Fine Gael Cllr. Emer Higgins, has welcomed the Public Information Session held regarding two public play spaces for Newcastle. On request of the local councillor there was a public information session held in Newcastle Community Hall as part of the Phase 8, public consultation stage in developing two new play spaces for Newcastle village. “I have campaigned tirelessly for more amenities for the children of Newcastle and at last we are seeing some movement, it was important that local people could easily view the plans and have a chance to chat to the team” The Council don’t traditionally hold these kind of sessions but I had made a special request that we host something in Newcastle to ensure we had meaningful engagement with residents on this. In response to the feedback I got about the first event being too early in the day and too short notice for people, the Council kindly agreed to host an additional evening session on July 24th.” Climbing frames, an imaginative house, wobbly bridge, climbing rocks and tree stumps, swings, slide and see-saw, as well as a picnic area are included in the plans for the area in Burgage and near Texaco.

“With so many young families living in Newcastle , the delivery of a playing and recreational space is the number one priority of the majority of residents I meet. Some people have expressed fears around antisocial behaviour and I’ve spoken to the Council about ways of mitigating those. While there are always differing views and some concerns. I am confident that the public information session and open communication is a great way to iron these out together. I would encourage everyone to have their say by dropping down to the Community Hall or using the online public consultation portal”. concluded Higgins

Fore more information see https://consult.sdublincoco.ie/