More playgrounds needed – Scahill

Increased funding is needed to deliver more playgrounds that will benefit communities in our county, Fine Gael Roscommon Municipal District candidate Gareth Scahill has said.

Mr Scahill is calling for more funding from Government to help Roscommon County Council meet the cost of large-scale new playground projects and also to expand and upgrade existing playgrounds.

He said: “I know how important these spaces are in terms of physical and mental well-being for the whole family”.

He added that the Department of Rural and Community Development provides significant funding towards the establishment and improvement of playgrounds, but that this is generally contingent on Roscommon County Council matching funding of at least 25% of the amount provided by the Department.

Noting that construction and material costs are rising, the Fine Gael candidate said this is why more funding is required from Government.

“Concerns have been expressed regarding equipment in some public playgrounds falling into disrepair and upgrading or replacing these pieces can be challenging and some councils can find it difficult getting projects off the ground. This is why a boost in funding and a change to the criteria for the Play and Recreation Scheme would be ideal”.