Carrickbeg’s Co-op field proposed as future park

A community’s proposal to develop an amenity park at the Co-op field in Carrickbeg was raised at Carrick-on-Suir Town Council’s latest monthly meeting.

A community’s proposal to develop an amenity park at the Co-op field in Carrickbeg was raised at Carrick-on-Suir Town Council’s latest monthly meeting.

Fianna Fail Cllr Sylvia Cooney-Sheehan tabled a motion at the Town Council meeting requesting the Council to clarify ownership of the site so that its development as a park could be swiftly pursued.

When Town Clerk Michael O’Brien informed her that Glanbia owned the site, she suggested the Town Council send a letter to the company requesting that it sign over the land to the Town Council in order for it to be turned into a park. She pointed out that there was grant aid available from South Tipperary Development Company for such projects.

Independent Cllr Patsy Fitzgerald pointed out that you didn’t have to own the land you could lease it.

But Mr O’Brien told the meeting that if Carrickbeg Development Group wanted to pursue funding for this project it would have to be the group that leased the land.

But Cllr Cooney-Sheehan pointed out that Carrickbeg Development Group wouldn’t have the resources to pursue the project alone. They would need to secure 100% funding from South Tipperary Development Company.

If the land was signed over to the Council then the local authority would have responsibility for the project and develop the park through community grants.

Cllr Fitzgerald pointed out that the South Tipperary Development Company provided funding to voluntary groups not local authorities and allocated up to 75% funding for projects.

Mr O’Brien, meanwhile, said the Council could write to Glanbia and ask the company was it prepared to sell or lease the land.

Independent Cllr Pierce O’Loughlin concluded the discussion on the issue by declaring that something needed to be done with the Co-op field site because it was used for bonfires and was “absolutely disgraceful”.