- Worked on Council to deliver Eadestown and Kill playgrounds
- Dealt with Council, Parish and Community to deliver Sallins playground
- Playgrounds on way for Prosperous
- New Den under construction for Sallins scouts
- Long time supporter of Greenway on both Kildare canal lines;
- €1.7 million funding now secured for Naas to Dublin Grand Canal.
- Royal Canal greenway in development from Maynooth to Fureys
- Park & Ride expansion urgently needed in Sallins & Maynooth
- Supported Clane Athletics Club in application for running track
- Fully supported development of Kerdiffstown into public park
- Champion of 33 acres amenity lands on canal at Sallins
- GAA and soccer teams now training on the site
- Recognise Equine industry a unique asset to Kildare
- Opposed to road through St. Catherine’s Park
- Amenities need to be part of future housing planning
The Sallins playground has taken a step closer to construction with the publication today of the planning documents by which the council seeks a “Part 8” approval to proceed with the project.
These documents are quite technical in nature but show the exact location of the proposed playground and deal with all the environmental and planning considerations that may be relevant. These proposals are on display both in the council offices and in Café Grange and any interested parties can make a submission up to the 29th September. If you support the playground I would encourage you to email a supporting submission, details how to do so are at the end. Note these documents do not get into the detailed design of the playground itself, but if you had any thoughts on that, this would also be a good time to send them to the council. I attach here all the relevant documentation. I also want to again acknowledge that the proposed playground is to be built on land owned by Sallins parish and I want to thank them for their very decent and generous accommodation in enabling this project to happen. The below image indicates the exact location where the playground is intended to sit between the church, community centre and national school.
You can review the various documentation at these links sallins-playground-part-8-application-report, sallins-playground-part-8-final-location-map-a3l-1, sallins-playground-part-8-final-a1-l-1.
The detailed design of the playground is subject to a tender process and will come after this. However it will satisfy the following high level specification:
- The playground will cater for 1-12 years old.
- It will contain a range of equipment for children from 1-6 and 6-12 years. The equipment may include the following. Swings, Slides, Rockers, Seesaw, Play Panels, Multi Play Units, Sand & Water Play & landscaping.
- It is envisaged that the grass contained within the existing site will be retained where possible.
- Additional surfaces which may be used in the design of the playground are rubber surfacing, woodchip and sand.
- The design may also contain landscape features such as mounding, sand pit, planting and living willow structures and tree and shrub planting.
- It is likely the construction of the playground will take 12-16weeks from starting on site to completion and opening. This timeframe is dependent on weather and ground conditions.
- Equipment with varying heights will be used throughout the playground to a maximum height of 5.5m
- any surface water drainage which may be necessary will be attenuated on site.
The relevant contact is Simon Wallace, Senior Executive Parks Superintendent, Kildare County Council, Devoy Park, Naas, Co. Kildare before 4.00 p.m. on Friday 29th September 2017. Submissions should be clearly headed “Sallins Community Playground” and you can send them by post or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The heavy lifting has been done on this project since 2014 when I agreed the site with the parish, with great thanks to them, and had the funding agreed and ring fenced by the Naas area committee. We have been effectively ready to go since then but it has been like pulling teeth trying to get it moved forward on the council side. I know the council are committed to the project but the delay means more summers going by when the local children could have had a playground at their disposal. We have a population spike in Sallins at the moment, there is no point putting in the playground when they are all grown up. Continue Reading →