By Dan Walsh
Years of frustration on the length of time taken to complete Gorey Town Park re-development and the escalating cost of the project exploded into anger at today’s monthly meeting of Gorey-Kilmuckridge Municipal District Council held under Microsoft Teams Covid-19 protocols where members were vociferous in calling for a completion of the work.
New Cathaoirleach, Cllr Pip Breen, who replaced Cllr Joe Sullivan in the chair took charge. The new Leas-Cathaoirleach is Cllr Fionntán Ó Suilleabhain following the annual general meeting held earlier today.
In the District Manager’s Report, Liz Stanley referred to the Gorey Town Park re-development and stated that the current date for completion of external works is July 9th assuming weather conditions permit and assuming one or two supply issues are resolved by the contractor.
A large shutter for the café building coming from Germany will not now arrive until the week commencing July 15th and it was stated that the contractor advises that completion of the building is now expected during the week commencing July 22nd!
The members were not impressed at the Town Park update. Cllr Diarmuid Devereux said; “There are children up there drinking and it’s a construction site and they are not supposed to be in there,” but like Cllr Sullivan mentioned, “anytime I go in there the work seems to be like a Yoga class – everybody is waving their arms – but there is no dust being generated and I don’t see any progress being made from one week to the other.”
Cllr Andrew Bolger felt “we need to finish it up. I don’t know what pressure we can put on and I know there is frustration about bringing the matter up at every meeting but we have a right to represent the people on behalf of the Town Park and I want to see the work wound up as soon as possible. Disappointed to see that it is being pushed out once more,” he concluded.
Cllr Joe Sullivan said he was up there recently in the early night and it wasn’t a nice environment and then he went up during the day and there were a few workmen up there but he didn’t see a lot going on. “Somebody got a contract and they haven’t done it,” added Cllr Sullivan.
Newly elected Cathaoirleach, Cllr Pip Breen quipped that the Town Park will be open someday! He felt it would happen “in this quarter – (mid-August?) and he referred to the delay of material coming from Germany. There was an exchange between Cllr Sullivan and Director of Services, Amanda Byrne. Ms Byrne said everyone was frustrated by the situation. “We should be there – we should have been there a year and a half ago, but we just have to work with where we are. We are almost there.”
Cllr Devereux returned to the debate. “The Park is open. All you must do is walk up to the gate with your slab of cans, walk in and pick your spot, “All it is short of is you, Chairman, turning up with your chain of office to cut the ribbon!”
Cllr Devereux claimed there was a recent clean up and he understands that up to a dozen sacks of cans were taken away. “It is open for anti-social behaviour and any other purpose you want to put it to, but what we are asking is when is it going to be open to the stage that someone walks up there with a chain of office and a scissor in their hand and cuts a ribbon and we can get it off our agenda?