Sallins playground site row heats up

A row is brewing over the suitability of a site for a much needed public playground in Sallins.

A row is brewing over the suitability of a site for a much needed public playground in Sallins.

Many believe the site is the only possible location for a playground in the village and local politicians have been pressurising council officials to act.

It’s situated on the Clane Road, between a carpet store and Castlefen.

Kildare County Council contends that it is unsuitable because of its “confined location” and the lack of adequate room for parking.

Moreover the council pointed out at a meeting last week that no money has been made available for the project “so it’s not proposed to develop a playground at this location.”

This cut little ice with Cllr. Paddy McNamara who criticised the untidy appearance of the site.

“If KCC wants to do something it can; we can make this happen. The need for a playground has been apparent for some time and this is the only public land there is in Sallins,” he charged.

The facility does not need parking because it could be developed as a walk-to playground.

He added: “If the council can magic up some a site that’d be great but it can’t; we have absolutely nothing else only this site.”

Accusing the council of kicking the idea into touch he contended there are examples elsewhere of playgrounds “shoehorned into sites.”

Council official Simon Wallace said the council also wants a playground “but at the right site.” That’s why, he said, it has taken 3-4 years to build playgrounds elsewhere.

“It’s not enough to build it simply because we have the site,” he said.

Another council official Eamonn O’Sullivan stressed that there is a willingness to provide playgrounds.

“There was a time when there were no playgrounds in this county. We’ve provided some measure of parking when we’ve put in playgrounds. Playgrounds have to be up to standard,” he told a council meeting.

He also said that money for playgrounds is very limited.