A worried father has called on Carrick-on-Suir Town Council to close down the town’s vandalised playground until its damaged equipment is repaired and replaced because he believes it’s unsafe for children.
Martin Simmons from Greenhill Village, Carrick-on-Suir, who first highlighted the dangerous condition of the Fairgreen playground two years ago after his own daughter hurt her leg on the base of a former roundabout, fears other children will be injured at the playground if it’s allowed to remain open in its current state.
He said the playground should be shut down until it’s properly fixed as it’s now a danger to health and safety.
He criticised the Council for not replacing the play equipment when broken and just removing parts of the damaged equipment. He also complained that some of the repairs carried on the playground by the Council have been patchy and poorly done.
He said one example of potential danger to children was a metal stand on which a type of see-saw was once located. The see-saw was removed by the Council because it was damaged by vandals but Martin fears a child will split their head open if they accidentally run into the stand’s sharp round edges.
“It’s simply dangerous; it’s a claim waiting to happen,” he said.
Mr Simmons also pointed to pieces of sharp wire sticking out from the fencing around the playground as another potential hazard for children. This protruding wire was part of a repair job on the vandalised fence, he said.
Mr Simmons’ comments follow condemnation of the vandals responsible for damaging the town centre playground by Mayor of Carrick-on-Suir Cllr Liam Walsh and other councillors at this month’s Town Council meeting.
At the meeting Town Clerk Michael O’Brien said the Council is currently seeking quotes for the replacement and repair of all equipment and fencing at the playground and once these quotes ar receive it will carry out works subject to available resources.
Mr Simmons pointed out that the Council gave the same response two years ago when the condition of the playground was first highlighted in The Nationalist.
Town Clerk Michael O’Brien said the Council didn’t believe the playground needed to be closed down at this time but added that it was an issue the local authority had under ongoing review.
He said he hoped to have the cost quotes for the repair and replacement of playground equipment soon and pointed out that the Council has made a formal complaint about recent anti-social behaviour at the playground.
In relation to the CCTV camera at the playground site, Mr O’Brien clarified that it was operating and trained on the playground full-time Recent anti-social behaviour at the playground had been captured on the security camera, he said.
At last week’s Town Council meeting, the Mayor Cllr Liam Walsh complained that the camera wasn’t trained on the playground. Mr O’Brien clarified that this was the case some time ago but the camera was now pointed at the playground.
He said the vandalism of the playground was frustrating for the Town Council as it had devoted resources to providing this facility for the children of the town to enjoy.