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 Improved CCTV & Lighting For Carrigaline Playground

Improved CCTV And Lighting For Playground in Carrigaline

Running Track To Be Laid In 2019

Writes Leo McMahon

Vandals beware! Better CCTV coverage and lighting is due to be installed for the skateboard park and playground at Carrigaline Community Park.

The announcement was welcomed by members of Cork County Council’s Carrigaline-Ballincollig Municipal District (MD) who were also told that the running track is due to be put in place in early 2019.

In reply to a motion from Cllr Seamus McGrath (FF), MD officer Kevin O’Regan said that due to the need to commit resources for preparing the ‘Part 8’ planning application by the council for the Midleton-Youghal railway greenway, it wasn’t possible to allocate resources to the running track for Carrigaline in 2018 and the position was further compounded by the loss of a senior engineer post in the capital projects team. Once the ‘Part 8’ for the East Cork Greenway was completed, a number of smaller projects such as the running track would be progressed to completion in the first quarter of 2019.

‘An enhanced lighting programme in Carrigaline Community Park is on the 2018 programme. Arrangements are being put in place to upgrade the existing cameras and include the skateboard park in the area covered by CCTV. It’s anticipated this work will be undertaken by the year end’, said Mr. O’Regan.

Cllr. McGrath welcomed the report and asked the officials to ensure the lighting and CCTV coverage was adequate and not obscured by foliage. Senior executive engineer Madeleine Healy replied that additional lighting had gone into the multi-use-games-area (MUGA) and playground and any foliage issue could be remedied quickly.

Following recent vandalism at the skateboard park, the council asked the security company that already has CCTV for the playground to look at the skateboard park and there would be a second camera with an extended line of sight attached to the existing pole. The council was told quality of footage recorded could be dramatically improved so the existing system covering the playground would be upgraded.

Cllr McGrath enquired about getting the playground locked at night and it was an issue raised by Carrigaline Community Association. He acknowledged there were no resources for this at present but asked it be kept under review, especially if littering and vandalism to equipment continued while it remained unlocked at night because cleaning up and repairs could prove more costly.

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