'Fatpuss' Bradley locks horns with council over playground
Published 13/07/2011 | 05:00
ARMED gardai looked on as an animal farm and playground built on a green area in a housing estate were dismantled by a county council yesterday.
The farm, which was built without planning permission in the Churchfields estate outside Navan in Co Meath, is directly opposite the home of Alan 'Fatpuss' Bradley.
Mr Bradley has previously claimed he was libelled in reports which suggested that he was a member of a criminal gang.
Yesterday, Mr Bradley criticised Meath County Council for removing the farm. He said: "It's a disgrace what they are doing. We were ringing the council about cleaning it up. They wouldn't clean it up and they had no interest in it."
Council staff were accompanied by gardai, including members of the armed regional response unit, throughout yesterday.
Council staff took down fences, which formed the perimeter of the farm and play area.
Amanda McCarthy, who said she is secretary of the Churchfields estate residents association, said: "I feel absolutely devastated, the residents feel devastated.
"They have decided to take the little petting area away -- we had geese, rabbits, and ducks. It was for the whole area. We took it on and fenced it off. It was for the children."
The council took the enforcement action because the facility had been built without planning permission.
In April 2010, it wrote to the owners of the land, who said they had not built it.
Last night, Meath County Council said that all the animals had been handed over to residents in the estate, who said they were the owners.
The council confirmed that the work had ended and said the area, including where the farm was, had been made safe.