‘Rocky’ given funding commitment on Newport playground

Councillor John “Rocky” McGrath has secured a commitment from North Tipperary county manager that funding will be made available from the Council’s resources for the development of the long awaited playground in Newport.

He stated that this represented a vital step forward in the process and brought the playground one step closer to fruition.

“This is fantastic news for the people of Newport and the surrounding areas who have been awaiting a playground for some time. The county manager has recognised that a playground is badly needed and has given an assurance that the Council are fully committed to and will step in to fund the project,” he said.

Cllr McGrath said he had been working on this issue and petitioning the manager for some time

“I am hugely pleased with this commitment. It is fantastic to see this vital project progressing to such an advanced stage,” he said.

The Lowry Team councillor said the only remaining stumbling block was locating and securing a safe and suitable site for the playground.

“Child safety concerns are absolutely paramount and we are determined to find a site that is not only convenient but that best ensures that the facility will be safe and away from any road or other hazards. Over the last few years we have tried to identify a safe site and have looked at and examined numerous sites. Unfortunately none of these sites have been suitable. We are now examining a new site and it is my hope that we will have a site secured before long,” said Cllr McGrath.

He understood that it was frustrating for people, but child safety must be to the forefront of this project.

“I firmly believe that it is important to spend the necessary time to ensure that the final, completed playground is in the best possible location. Children are a very vulnerable sector of society and by doing the groundwork now we will ensure that our playground, once finished, is completely out of harm’s way,” he said.


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