Major setback to plans for a new playground for Dingle

There’s been a major setback to plans to build a new playground for Dingle. Dingle Boats A proposed location, put forward by the Department of the Marine, has been rejected by Am Spraoi, the local committee set up to fundraise for a new playground. Committee members say the site suggested, is not suitable on safety grounds. Am Spraoi was set up four years ago to campaign and fundraise for a new playground for Dingle. The existing playground, located at the town park, has been deemed unsuitable for some time, having become a focal point for anti-social behaviour. An initial site earmarked for the new playground, at the top end of the pier in Dingle, was turned down for planning permission by An Bord Pleanala. The Department of the Marine subseqently considered donating a second site on the marina, opposite the Ocean World Aquarium. However, it’s emerged that the Department has now offered to donate a third site for the playground, this time in a different location on the pier. But the eight-member Am Spraoi committee has rejected this offer. They say, that planning permission for this location would most likely be rejected by An Bord Pleanala, for the same reasons the original plans were rejected. The committee is meeting again after the summer, with a view to considering a whole new location.