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Fears for children’s safety over ungated ramp in Farrankelly

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The ramp installed at Farrankelly Close, which leads from the main playing area down to the road

The ramp installed at Farrankelly Close, which leads from the main playing area down to the road

The ramp installed at Farrankelly Close, which leads from the main playing area down to the road

The ramp installed at Farrankelly Close, which leads from the main playing area down to the road

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The ramp installed at Farrankelly Close, which leads from the main playing area down to the road

Residents in the Farrankelly Close estate in Delgany have expressed concern over the safety of local children and say there is a risk one of them will be killed as a result of an ungated access ramp from a local play area leading down to a main road.

The residents claim Wicklow County Council didn't pay adequate heed to their concerns regarding the new pedestrian access route that was constructed recently in their estate.

The residents are particularly concerned that given the location of the new ungated access ramp from the main playing area, which now leads straight onto a main road, children's lives are being put at risk.

With regard to the children's safety one resident who spoke to this newspaper commented: 'Wicklow County Council needs to heed our concerns regarding our children's safety and ensure their playing environment is a safe one.'

The residents are also concerned about possible graffiti and other anti-social behaviour occurring in their area.

'We, as an estate, have put so much work into that green area to make it look aesthetic and now part of it is left to over grow and the other part is now a great big wall of concrete, with no added street lighting, that will attract graffiti and anti-social behaviour,' said one resident, who went on to say: 'This will not only affect us as an estate but will also affect our surrounding community.'

'We have been living here 10 years and we try to engage with the council but they just don't engage with us at all,' said another of the residents.

'We are trying to engage with the council to make it a safe place for everyone,' she added.

Farrankelly Close is adjacent to a private estate called Farrankelly Way and the residents in the Close estate say no one in the area would be happy with what has been constructed.

'That big block of cement will be like a blank canvas for graffiti and anti-social behaviour,' said the resident.

The residents are also critical of the overall finish of the entrance alley and said the local authority informed them it didn't have the money to finish it off in any other way than concrete.

'Parents take responsibility for supervising their children but the environment needs to support that,' said the resident.

'This needs to be finished properly,' she added.

'We didn't want this at all but it looks like we're stuck with it now even though it's a monstrosity and yes, we are a local authority estate, but that doesn't mean people should pass judgement on us.'

The residents also feel the money that was spent on developing the alley-like access ramp could have been better spent elsewhere.

Independent councillor Mags Crean also spoke on the matter and said: 'Wicklow County Council needs to heed the concerns raised by the residents committee, whose members have spent many years maintaining, planting and tending to this area.'

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