By Dan Walsh
Great news emanating from Bridgetown Community Development Group following almost two years of application forms, tenders and the planning process, the green sods have been turned in the Village Field that represents an investment of €125,000 by Wexford County Council together with Town and Village Renewal and the Bridgetown Steering Group.
Tom Kelly of Paddy Kelly & sons are undertaking the works which will initially consist of a walking track, carpark, land drainage, landscaping and a multi-use all weather sports pitch.
The landscaping will consist of a park with seated areas, natural features, heritage items and art features. The walking track will include area with outdoor gym equipment. The car park will consist of 16 parking and two disabled parking bays which will service the new facilities and current playground.
Ollie Daly, Chairperson of Bridgetown Steering Group said; “This will be a fantastic facility which we hope will cater for all age groups and people in our village. There are things which we will need help in providing. The Bridgetown steering group will undertake planting, painting and in the future provide lighting for the area (ground works included at the start.
“We want anyone who is willing to come down and give of their time to assist with these physical activities. We will be calling on the young people in our community to assist with the project also. Through Bridgetown Vocational College, FDYS and School completion we will be engaging with young people to meet their needs and provide a safe place for them to meet and socialise. Their help will be greatly appreciated,” added Mr Daly.
There is a list of appreciation that includes committee members Diane Goff, Tracey McCabe, Maurice Cloney, Francis Goff, Phil McCabe, Jim Moore and Eoin Gorry (Bridgetown Pharmacy).
Thanks also goes to Yvonne Byrne consultant with Wexford County Council, Noirín Cummins and Dean Waters of Wexford County Council (Rosslare District). Carolyne Godkin, Director of Community Services and Cllrs Jim Moore, Lisa McDonald, Ger Carthy, Frank Staples and Jim Codd who have worked tirelessly to ensure that Bridgetown gets the facilities it deserves.