A tale of two playgrounds in Mountmellick

A ROCKING horse from the Smith’s Field playground was “in the middle of the river,” complained Cllr Ollie Payne at Mountmellick Town Council monthly meeting last Thursday evening.

A ROCKING horse from the Smith’s Field playground was “in the middle of the river,” complained Cllr Ollie Payne at Mountmellick Town Council monthly meeting last Thursday evening.

He went on: “The playground is littered with cans and bottles. There are cigarette butts under the swings. I’m totally disillusioned.”

Cllr Denis O’Mara: “The astra turf was completely lifted out of it. It (playground) is being totally dismantled.”

Referring to the soon-to-be-opened playpark on the old library site at Iristown, Cllr Bobby Delaney believed that its opening hours should be nine to nine and, he advocated, a sign should be erected to this effect.

Deputy Co Manager Ian McCormack said it was Co Council policy to have playgrounds open during daylight hours.

Cllr Delaney feared that “parties” would be held in the playpark.

Cllr Paddy Bracken: “It’s a public park in an open area. I believe it will be respected. You (Cllr Delaney) are seeing problems before it’s opened at all. I cannot believe it.”

Cllr Delaney: “A stitch in time.”

Cllr Bracken: “It’s an excellent facility--99% of people are law-abiding.”

Cllr Michael Gormley: “I propose we erect the standard sign that’s in all playgrounds.”

After some discussion about finding a suitable name for the new playpark, Manager McCormack said he would take advice on the matter.

Cllr Pat Bowe thought it would be a shame to close the Smith’s Field playround because of the misbehaviour of a few people. Could a monitoring committee be set up? he wondered.

Cllr Payne: “CCTV is the only hope I can see.”