Council seeks new site for neighbourhood park

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

Cllr James Collins says developing a neighbourhood park in the Dooradoyle / Raheen area is a priority
SEVENTEEN acres of land, originally earmarked for a neighbourhood park at Ballykeeffe, have still not been transferred into the ownership of Limerick County Council.

SEVENTEEN acres of land, originally earmarked for a neighbourhood park at Ballykeeffe, have still not been transferred into the ownership of Limerick County Council.

“There are difficulties over rights of way,” Cllr James Collins told the Limerick Leader, following an area meeting of councillors which discussed the issue last week. “The land hasn’t been transferred. The park at Ballykeeffe is not really going anywhere.”

Instead, councillors have looked at other options for a park in the Southern Environs.

One possibility is land close to Mungret College – and the hope is that negotiations with a developer there will lead to a transfer of land to the council which can then be developed as an alternative park.

“The park is a number one priority in the area,” Cllr Collins stressed. “We want to identify a site.”

The councillors hope to know by September whether Mungret is a viable option or not.

But, according to Cllr Collins, the matter of the land at Ballykeeffe must still be sorted.

Councillors have now instructed Tom Enright, director of services for planning and economic development, to proceed with getting the land transferred.

However, it may well be that a different use for the land will have to be found in the future “when the issues have been resolved”, Cllr Collins said.