THERE are a number of obstacles in the way of developing Vartry Field in Raheen as a leisure facility for local residents, councillors from the area have been told.
Speaking at the Adare Area Committee meeting, area engineer Finbar Keyes said he had established that the land in question was not owned by Limerick County Council and the company which originally owned it had been wound up.
“We may have to do a compulsory purchase order,” Mr Keyes said. “We will pursue it as far as we can but if it turns out we will have to pay a lot of money, we can stall the process.”
Mr Keyes had met with representatives from West Limerick Resources on the site to investigate the possibility of getting their support for the project. However, Mr Keyes pointed out to councillors, ownership of the site by the council or a community organisation was a prerequisite.
“I am not sure what level of local support there is out there,” Mr Keyes continued. The council had not had a request from any local group, he added. “If a plan is put in place there and developed, who is going to maintain it thereafter?,” he asked. “Limerick County Council doesn’t have a budget for it.”
It would cost €15,000 to install lights and a CCTV camera in the vicinity of Vartry Field, as requested by councillors, Mr Keyes continued and he recommened the installation of lights only.
“I though the whole issue was to avoid dumping and anti-social behaviour. I don’t think a light would solve it,” Cllr Leo Walsh said. “One resident has been robbed two or three times while others have people sitting in their lawns at night and they can only shout out at them”.
“The community in that area needs to be looked after,” Cllr Tomas Hannon argued while Cllr James Collins queried the costings saying he believed the figure was excessive and asked for a breakdown.