Carrick picnic area proposal rejected

A Fine Gael councillor’s call to erect a picnic table and benches at a green area next to Dillon Bridge in Carrickbeg was shot down by a council colleague representing that area of the town, who argued it would only further encourage the anti-social behaviour that has blighted the scenic spot.

A Fine Gael councillor’s call to erect a picnic table and benches at a green area next to Dillon Bridge in Carrickbeg was shot down by a council colleague representing that area of the town, who argued it would only further encourage the anti-social behaviour that has blighted the scenic spot.

Cllr Margaret Croke tabled a motion at the Town Council’s July meeting urging the Council to provide a litter bin, picnic table and benches along the river bank in front of the water treatment plant in Carrickbeg after observing cars pull into the green area during some recent good weather.

“It would make a perfect picnic area as it looks onto the castle and river. I would hope funding would be obtained from the Council’s Block Grant for this,” she told the meeting.

But Fianna Fail Cllr Sylvia Cooney-Sheehan said she was totally opposed to the proposal. “We have had wicked anti-social behaviour with people drinking down there all the time. You are on the wrong page, you are only going to give those people the excuse to do down there. No family I know of would go down there.”