CONTINUOUS investment is needed if the playgrounds of West Cork are to be kept to a high standard, according to Sinn Féin’s Paul Hayes.
The councillor tabled a motion at a recent meeting of the West Cork Municipal District in Dunmanway, calling for a review of all the playgrounds to be carried out.
‘Although some have had investment in recent years, there are a few that need to be upgraded,’ said Cllr Hayes, who suggested the Council prepare a priority list for the New Year.
Cllr Mary Hegarty (FG) stressed the important role they play in West Cork’s town and villages – not just as an amenity for local families but also an attraction for visitors.
She said the playgrounds in Bantry, Skibbereen, Clonakilty, Schull and Ballydehob get a lot of use and need continuous maintenance and upgrading.
Cllr Patrick Gerard Murphy (FF) agreed that a survey is needed.
‘Bit by bit,’ he said, ‘we will get them all up to a high standard. And once they are at that standard we know there is good longevity because the new playground equipment is so well made.’
Cllr Murphy called for new playground projects to be undertaken on a partnership basis between Cork County Council and the local community.
Municipal District Officer, Justin England, said even the smallest item featured in the modern playgrounds is ‘extremely expensive’ and he agreed to bring a draft plan to the next meeting of the West Cork Municipal District.