After more than a decade of waiting, the village of Foreglen is to get a play park after planning permission was this week granted for the facility, which is to be situated close to the O’Brien’s GAC grounds.
Sinn Fein councillor, Tony McCaul lives in Foreglen and said people in the area were “exasperated”, believing it was never going to happen.
“People said to me they were so fed up waiting after 12 years they thought it was never going to happen, but now it will become a reality,” said Colr. McCaul. “It has taken so long due to problems in the planning process, but finally planning permission was given the green light at Council’s planning meeting this week. It’s so important because, first of all, we have a primary school in Foreglen which means we have a lot of children in the area who need somewhere safe to play. Right now, the only place they have to play, when not at school, is outside their homes, which is not ideal because there is traffic in the area. While most drivers exercise caution, there are no traffic calming measures to ensure children are safe at play.”