Council to investigate acquiring Glanbia land for public park

Carrick-on-Suir Town Council is to approach Glanbia about acquiring the “Bogfield” land owned by Glanbia along the river in Carrickbeg with a view to turning it into a park for the community.

Carrick-on-Suir Town Council is to approach Glanbia about acquiring the “Bogfield” land owned by Glanbia along the river in Carrickbeg with a view to turning it into a park for the community.

A motion was unanimously passed at the Council’s latest monthly meeting by the elected members directing Council management to contact the company about the condition of the section of the Bogfield it owns and to investigate the possibility of acquiring the land for use as an amenity area.

Town Clerk Michael O’Brien responded that he would write to Glanbia to find out what it intended to do with this land and if it was willing to allow the Council acquire it for an amenity area.

Sinn Fein Cllr Liam Walsh, who tabled the motion, said the Bogfield had been used as a bonfire site in the last few years and left as a dump for the rest of the year.

“When I go across to Carrickbeg, the first thing you will see is a dump. I think the field has the capability of being turned into a nice park or amenity area. It’s something that Carrickbeg could do with,” he said.

Fine Gael Cllr Margaret Croke said anti-social behaviour was a big problem on this site and she was worried about the fires that were lit under the first arch of the bridge in this area.

She said she fully supported the motion and if the land couldn’t be turned into a park, perhaps it could be developed into a car park, she suggested.

Fianna Fail Cllr Sylvia Cooney-Sheehan said she had been in contact with Glanbia and proposed the company sign over the site to the Town Council.

“It would be a headache they could easily do without by turning it over to us,” she maintained. “The only way we are ever going to stop that field becoming a centre point for bonfires is if we take it over. Glandbia is going to have the same costs next year to clean it up.”

In relation to Cllr Croke’s suggestions, Cllr Cooney-Sheehan said the site wasn’t suitable for car parking as it was a flood plain. A park was much more in line with what Carrickbeg needed.

There were proposals two years ago to turn the section of the Bogfield beside the sewerage holding plant owned by the Town Council into a park for the local community but it was decided it was best to leave it as a natural habitat.