Review of Kilbogget Park security to get underway

by Gary Ibbotson

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s Chief Executive has announced that a review is under way of the 17 access points into Kilbogget Park following multiple incidents of anti-social behaviour.

At the recent Dundrum Area Committee, Chief Executive Philomena Poole said the council “will liaise with the Local Community Garda during this review and discuss options in order to make the park more secure.”

The review comes after joyriders destroyed playing pitches in the park at the start of year with further incidents at the park also occurring in recent weeks.

“Unfortunately, just after Christmas, an unauthorised vehicle gained access to the pitches in Kilbogget Park via the car park, just behind the GAA goals,” said the Chief Executive.

“Damage was sustained to three pitches. Repairs to same are underway.

“The area where access was gained has since been secured with additional bollards. Prior to this, there has been only one other instance of vehicles gaining access to the Park and this was last Halloween when a gate was unfortunately mistakenly left unlocked.

“Damage was minimal in that incident,” she said.

The Chief Executive said “it is important, that while this review is carried out, we retain the need to provide access for all park users.

“This includes everyone from able bodied members of the public, parents with double buggies, cyclists and parks users who may have mobility issues and require the use of a wheelchair or other mobile vehicle.

“While providing such unimpeded access for all, it can unfortunately allow other unauthorised vehicles, such a scramblers and quads, access to the park.”

In addition to the review, People Before Profit councillor Hugh Lewis has filed a motion with the council to review the ongoing problems with park – which includes a lack of bins and the increase of dumping of dog waste.

Cllr Lewis says that anti-social behaviour, “along with many others has been raised with me over the past several weeks, I have entered all of these issue to be discussed and voted on collectively.”

He says that he would like to see the introduction of “bins at entrance points and extra signage throughout the park that will decrease the dumping of dog faeces.”

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