FEARS have been raised over the future of Listowel Town Park after the local town council is no longer around to guide development there. The concerns were heightened when it appeared no dedicated provision had been made for the park under the town council's last ever budget, which was adopted last week.
Fine Gael town councillor Mike Kennelly raised the issue at the recent budget meeting of the authority.
"You put away €5,000 of a kitty for the town park last year and I'm disappointed it's not there again, especially after all the damage to trees caused by the storms... This is one of the best assets of the town with something for everyone in the community. Are we going to see a fierce deterioration of the town park once this council is gone?" Cllr Kennelly asked.
Town Clerk David O'Brien said that trees felled by recent storms were cleared by council staff in work funded through general channels and from money set aside for the town park.
He explained that the council had invested significantly in the town park in recent years as part of a project to completely upgrade surfaces and facilities.
He said the aim was to get all the work done before the council is abolished.
Last year's €5,000 allocation was for the upgrading of nearly 3kms of footpath in the park, Mr O'Brien said. "That money has been used to improve the town park, as it was set aside for.
"We made the decision to go ahead and get the improvements done before the abolition of the town councils," he added, explaining that any funding required for the town park this year will be provided from maintenance budgets.