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Laois village to get new playground as Laois County Council gives green light

A brand new playground is on its way to a Laois village – after a plan to construct it was given the green light by Laois County Councillors yesterday.

The brand new facility will be constructed in Ballinakill and it will provide a huge boost to the area when completed.

The playground, along with entrance, sports court, 51 space car park and open space will be constructed at Heywood Demesne Road, Ballinakill – a site located north of the village centre.

The project, which is immediately adjacent to the existing outdoor swimming pool, will involve the widening existing vehicle entrance, a new roadway, turning circle, bus set down area, lighting and other associated works.

The sport court will be multipurpose – providing for those with disabilities also.

While there is also plans to develop two areas of bio-diverse meadow on the site.

Welcoming the proposed new playground, Cllrs John Joe Fennelly, Willie Aird, Thomasina Connell, Mary Sweeney, Caroline Dwane-Stanley and Catherine Fitzgerald all spoke glowingly about it.

Cllr Fennelly said: “There is a fantastic committee over there who have done trojan work to press on with the project.

“The playground is a most welcome amenity to the village and I’m delighted this has come before us.”

Cllrs Aird, Sweeney, Connell, Dwane-Stanley and Fitzgerald all welcomed the inclusion of a multipurpose sports court.

Cllr Aird said: “It is brilliant to see that there will be equipment for people with disabilities included here.

“It is very important that amenities such as these can cater for everyone and I am delighted to see a proactive move like this.”

Councillors are to be kept informed of the progress on the new playground as time progresses.

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