Cllr Says Town Park Not Receiving Enough Resources As Previous Years

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A TRALEE Municipal District Councillor is calling for more resources for Tralee Town Park after she said it was not receiving the same attention as previous years.

Sinn Fein Cllr Toireasa Ferris asked for clarification on whether there was a full-time caretaker in the park, saying the grass wasn’t cut until May, only after representations were made by councillors.

“The CEO [of Kerry County Council] needs to be asked why our town park isn’t getting the attention it did under Tralee Town Council,” said Cllr Ferris.

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She said a motion should be brought before the full council on the issue as Moira Murrell needs to be made aware how important it is to have adequate resources in the Town Park.

“It’s the capital town and the largest amenity we have and it’s outrageous that we are reviewing the situation. It wouldn’t happen in Killarney,” she said.

Cllr Ferris did commend the Council for their action on Sunday evening and Monday morning after reports of overflowing bins and rubbish in the park on Sunday morning.

In reply, Colm Lynch of Kerry County Council, said there is an acting caretaker in the town park — who is full-time — but he is not living in the caretaker’s house at the moment and that situation is being reviewed. He said it is desirable that the caretaker would live in the Town Park.

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He said the grass wasn’t cut until later this year as the ground was still very soft after the bad weather up until late spring. Mowing was, however, completed around the edges.

Manager of Tralee Municipal District, Michael Scannell, said the town park continues to receive excellent reviews from locals and visitors alike to the town. He said it is looking well and there are adequate resources there.

Cllr Norma Foley wanted to acknowledge the excellent facility that is the town park and praised the gardeners, two of whom are retiring in the coming weeks.

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