Permanent surfacing for Ballymastone sports car park

by Rose Barrett
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Fingal County Council confirmed its intention to carry out permanent resurfacing works at the Ballymastone sports ground car park in Donabate.

Corina Johnston, local Labour Party Area Representative welcomed the announcement, stating: “I am very pleased that the ongoing campaign by Duncan Smith TD and I for the permanent resurfacing of the existing car park at Ballymastone Sports Grounds has come to a successful conclusion.” 

She continued: ”At an on-site meeting with Fingal County Council on Friday, October 14 requested by Deputy Smith in which I was in attendance, FCC senior officials informed representatives from St Pats GAA, St Ita’s AFC and local Cllrs Adrian Henchy and Paul Mulville that the council have taken the decision to resurface the car park with a tar-macadam surface. 

“The officials confirmed their intention to progress these works through a procurement process with the works to be carried out at the earliest possible time. In the interim, I asked the council to carry out remedial works given the current condition of the car park which they have agreed to.” 

Ms Johnston and others have repeatedly highlighted the poor condition of the current car park especially in winter weather during long, dark evenings. The huge pot-holes and poor visibility caused potential danger to drivers, pedestrians and cyclists during a time when the government and local authorities are pushing for a reduction of car transportation. 

Furthermore, the Labour rep for Donabate stated some car owners experienced damage to their vehicles when they delivered children to/from the various facilities at Ballymastone. She further called for the council to consider installing lights at the sport park. 

At Ms Johnston’s request, Cllr Seána O’Rodaigh submitted a question to the CEO, stating “the deplorable and unsafe condition” of the Ballmastone car park meant it was futile to put a temporary resurface on the facility and called for a permanent resurfacing before the winter evenings set in. 

Ms Johnston thanked the officials for taking the health and safety concerns of parents and clubs on board, and for providing the necessary funding to carry out the necessary works quickly.

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