Outdoor gym on the move

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Donegal County Council has agreed to move the location of a proposed ‘community’ outdoor gym in Buncrana after a spate of complaints from residents.

A notice and barriers were erected at the Shore Front in Buncrana late last week, outlining the plans for the structure, which was to be erected at the Fishing Greens.

However, many residents were concerned the structure would be an ‘eyesore’ at the picturesque location, taking to social media and contacting local county councillors to express this.

A meeting was then held with council engineers and residents, at which a “compromise” was reached. The ‘outdoor gym’ will now be located “around 50 yards away,” off the green, moving to the left beside some steps.

Councillor Nicholas Crossan told the Journal the plans were running in conjunction with works on the pathway along the fishing greens, which will see the construction of a ramp for disability access and the planting of shrubbery.

He said the outdoor gym would consist of some machines such as cross-trainers and would be a “community facility.”

He said a number of bootcamps meet at the shore front and the facility would prove beneficial for these groups and residents across Inishowen.

He said the new location would ensure no-one’s view was obstructed.

Councillor Jack Murray said the gym came from a proposal submitted by Sinn Fein councillor Mary Kelly at a Buncrana Town Council meeting.

He said he had been contacted by a number of residents who raised concerns over the gym’s location.

Colr. Murray added that the number and width of the barriers erected before construction may have led to a belief the structure was going to be larger than intended.

He said the Council had taken the residents’ views into consideration and have now agreed to move the proposed location of the structure.