Cllr William Carey has welcomed the approval of the Part 8 proposal for the improved development of St Cuthberts park in the Bawnogue area of Clondalkin. At the recent Council meeting the details of the proposed works were presented to Councillors for approval. This proposal has followed on from the discussions held at the High Level Task Force (HLTF) set up by SDCC to discuss the future of the park. This Task Force has helped deliver several on-the-ground improvements to date and took an active role in the development and design for the park.
Cllr Carey added that Sinn Fein local representatives had provided a very detailed submission to the pre-consultation planning group. This had been informed by representations we had received in the area by local people who were seeking improvements and investment into the park. Included in the works envisaged, are a dog’s off leash area for exercising of pets, natural and equipped playspaces for children, a Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) with floodlighting, a Teenspace area with equipment and Seating. There will also be improved pitch facilities for Clondalkin Celtic FC who have been instrumental in creating a sense of active participation in the park over the past number of years.
At the SDCC budget meeting it is expected that an additional sum of €500k will be added to €650k previously allocated for this project bringing it up to an investment of €1.15m by SDCC.
Cllr Carey continued “I am especially pleased that my appeal to SDCC in our pre-budget talks with the council were received positively with the allocation of the additional sum of €500k for the investment into the Bawnogue community. Cllr Carey also stated that the news will be welcomed in the area and people can look forward to seeing the changes take place in the near future.
Cllr Carey finished by saying that the success here derives initially from the work of Clondalkin Celtic FC and The Friends of St Cuthberts Group and former councillor Mark Ward TD who helped to bring local interest groups together in getting improvements into the park.
Cllr Carey concluded, the investment here by SDCC is a recognition of these efforts, and of the local community in addressing what was a problem in the area previously beset by anti-social behaviour.