Newbridge residents disappointed after spate of anti-social behaviour

Dara Park, Lakeside Park and Highfield residents, addy Purcell, Joe Burke, Ger Murphy.  Photo. Jimmy Fullam.
Residents of Dara Park have been left disappointed after a number of newly-planted trees and flower beds planted by volunteers and Kildare County Council were broken and ripped out of the ground by vandals on Tuesday.

Residents of Dara Park have been left disappointed after a number of newly-planted trees and flower beds planted by volunteers and Kildare County Council were broken and ripped out of the ground by vandals on Tuesday.

“The residents are really disappointed,” said Joe Burke from Dara Park.

“Alot of effort has gone into planting the trees and cleaning up the estate.

“The council put €2,000 into it recently.

“We planted alot of trees around the lake and they are broken already - they ripped up the flower beds the whole lot.

“We’ll have to take them up and repair them. It is an expense that we really can’t afford.

“We have progressed massively with the council on many issues although the sewage still has not been done and the broken paths around the lake needs to be fixed but we have meetings every month.”

Just over a year ago a number of residents of Dara Park in Newbridge hand delivered a notice of liablity over a number of on-going issues with the council estate, and a petition with 162 resident signatures, to Kildare County Council.

Kildare County Council has since held regular meetings with the residents of Dara Park to identify and address a number of areas of concern including the the public sewerage system at the northern end of Dara Park.

The Water Services Department subsequently carried out a number of surveys of the existing public sewerage system so that any defects could be identified and assessed.

Funding will only be available however to advance these works in 2014 however it is expected that works will recommence week commencing 21st October on footpaths. The works carried out in the estate will be over €40,000.