Contractor appointed for playground renovations

Town Manager Pat Slattery - Council must balance the books in difficult economic times.
Work on the long awaited €40,000 revamp of Carrick-on-Suir’s playground at Fair Green is due to begin this week after the Town Council resolved its difficulties with appointing a contractor for the project.

Work on the long awaited €40,000 revamp of Carrick-on-Suir’s playground at Fair Green is due to begin this week after the Town Council resolved its difficulties with appointing a contractor for the project.

A few weeks ago, the Council faced having to re-tender for the refurbishment contract as it was concerned the lowest tender was too low. The Council hadn’t received any response from the firm when it sought clarification. Re-tendering would delay the re-opening of the vandalised playground by three months.

But Town Manager Pat Slattery informed the Town Council meeting on Monday that after the local authority’s predicament was publicised in The Nationalist, the firm with the lowest tender contacted the Town Council and the issue with the tender it submitted was resolved.

He said it will take up to eight weeks to carry out the renovations, which will involve the replacement of much of the playground’s equipment and erection of a new perimeter fence.