Calls for ‘much needed upgrade’ of Carrickmore playpark

By Eimhear McGurk
PARENTS in the Carrickmore area have expressed their concerns about the “poor” state of the local play park now that children are off on their summer break.
Local MLA Catherine Kelly is pressing Fermanagh and Omagh District Council to undertake what she describes as a “much needed” upgrade of the park located on the Termon Road.
“The fact the main entrance gate has remained closed for a long time with a sign affixed stating it is under repair highlights the need for action to be taken,” said Ms Kelly.
“While there is a large round net swing, there are no individual swings. One of the play attractions is supposed to be a zip line which has parts missing and is now laying redundant. It takes up significant room and could be potentially removed and replaced with other attractions preferably swings and especially secure swings for younger children.”
The park is an integral part of the local community and is typically a very busy, thriving hub for children of the area.
The Carrickmore area “rates highly in the deprivation index” with regard to access to facilities and services according to Ms Kelly, who has now formally raised the above issues with council officials. 
She added, “I will be continuing to press for much-needed investment to overhaul and upgrade the facility.”
A spokesperson for Fermanagh and Omagh District Council said, “One of the access gates at Carrickmore play area has been locked due to a safety recommendation arising out of an annual independent inspection. The council is in the process of reviewing the obsolete Aeroride equipment with a view to replacing with a new play feature.
“The council is currently undertaking a review of all its play areas across the district. It is anticipated that this review will be presented to the Environmental Services Committee in September.”



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