Residents ‘ignored’ as Mungret Park prepares for works

Fintan Walsh

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Fintan Walsh

Fianna Fail Cllr James Collins says area is waiting for update on possible community centre
FIANNA Fáil Cllr James Collins has criticised the council for “ignoring” local residents in relation to the development of the Mungret park and playground, which is set to be located close to Mungret College.

FIANNA Fáil Cllr James Collins has criticised the council for “ignoring” local residents in relation to the development of the Mungret park and playground, which is set to be located close to Mungret College.

A tender for works to be carried out for the park and playground has been established. Cllr Collins said that he hopes that works will commence in November, with a view to opening in summer next year.

He said that though it is “good news” and a “fantastic opportunity”, he believes that the project is now “long overdue”.

“Local residents feel ignored by the council. A commitment was given that residents would be consulted throughout the process. Limerick Council held an open night and has all but ignored locals since then. Phone calls and emails remain unanswered,” he said.

Cllr Collins also called on the council for an update on a possible community centre for the area.

“An overall masterplan for the entire Mungret site and college building has still not been presented. Lands and buildings must be made available for community uses. This cannot be viewed entirely as a commercial project. Local clubs and societies are crying out for facilities. Raheen Dooradoyle Mungret needs a community centre.

“Promises such as simple repairs to lights at Mungret Woods have not been kept. Promises to repair traffic barriers to secure the college site have not been kept.”

According to the council, works will commence shortly after the tender documents for the works have been reviewed and assessed and the successful contractor appointed.