Town Council management have rejected a councillorâ€™s appeal to raise the height of the fence around Carrickâ€™s newly refurbished playground to prevent teenagers climbing into the facility when itâ€™s closed.
Cllr Sylvia Cooney-Sheehan tabled a motion at the Councilâ€™s February meeting requesting the Council to increase the height of the Fair Green playgroundâ€™s perimeter fence and suggested the Council add on a 45 degree angled railing at the top of the structure.
The playground re-opened on Friday, January 31. The renovations included the repair of the perimeter fence and replacement of 30 of its panels.
Cllr Cooney Sheehan said she had already received phone calls from parents about teenagers climbing the fence and getting into the playground at night. The addition she suggested to the fence would deter them from scaling it.
â€œOne parent asked them to leave and I wouldnâ€™t like to tell you what they told her,â€ the councillor told the meeting.
Town Clerk Michael Oâ€™Brien responded that the Council was satisfied the fence was suitable and there wasnâ€™t any plans to carry out extra works at the playground.
Mayor Cllr Kieran Bourke complimented the Council on the wonderful job it had done on the playground at a very reasonable cost. He said a CCTV camera was now focused on the playground 24 hours a day.
Cllr Cooney Sheehan said she wasnâ€™t happy with the Councilâ€™s response and urged management to reconsider. â€œAll I am asking is that we protect the money we spent.â€
Mr Oâ€™Brien pointed out that the playground was â€œnot an outpost in Afghanistanâ€ requiring high security. He cosidered the fencing issue to be a red herring as most of the vandalism occurred during opening hours with equipment being abused by 5 to 6 children swinging on them.
He pointed out that the playground was in the best location in the town opposite a school, near the Garda Station. library, next to the main road and had CCTV security.