Social Democrats Cllr Jodie Neary has said that a recent study on community facilities across the district shows an urgent need for a playground and other recreational facilities in Delgany.
Speaking on the study, Cllr Neary says “After calling for a community audit we have finally been given a copy of the results by the consultants contracted by Wicklow County Council to look at the social and recreational needs in the area.
“The study shows clearly that there is currently a dearth of recreational facilities in Delgany of about 2.67% compared to Greystones which stands at 65.33% despite the fact that Delgany is home to nearly 20% of the District’s population.
“There is a mismatch here between demand and capacity which must be addressed and I believe the Council must now look to prioritise investment in this area to facilitate the growth in new homes and new families moving to the area.
“This should include a playground within walking distance that is fully inclusive to children of all abilities, indoor and outdoor sporting pitches as well as safe spaces for teenagers and young people. We shouldn’t have to be reliant on large developers to construct these facilities alongside unsustainable housing development and SHDs.
“It has been stated in the current Local Area Plan, due for renewal this year, that a playground must be within a certain distance and for a specified population. We are far from that at the moment in this District. Kilcoole and Newcastle are also lacking sufficient facilities to meet demand.
“I can tell you the amount of times families are asking me why there’s no playground within walking distance to the north of Greystones and Delgany despite the number of new housing estates that have been built over the years and with many more due to come on stream.
“I want to work with the community to see how we can get these much-needed facilities for Delgany and North Greystones in the future” concludes Cllr Neary.