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THERE is concern and frustration amongst residents over talks to remove the kissing gates at a local park. The kissing gates were installed at Dodder Valley Park in as a preventative measure to keep scrambler bikes out, but some feel that the gates exclude wheelchair users, cyclists, people with mobility scooters and buggies.
Residents protesting over the kissing gates. Both gates have been reinstated by the council and the issue was raised with the community Gardai. A concerned resident of Bawnville, Tallaght, Joe Peggs, says the gates were put in as a solution to the constant problem of scramblers in the park that he had to listen to on a daily basis. You can see a lot of people, older people walking around the park and its lovely to see them.
They should not be avoiding scramblers or avoiding anyone else. Councillor Carly Bailey for Rathfarnham-Templeogue says that she is in favour of looking for alternatives to allow easier access for people into the park. It took her a long time to get into the park and we have to understand and recognise that parks are to be accessed by everybody and we all have a right to be able to access into the lovely green space, especially under restrictions.
The council need to go and seek and find what alternatives will suit in our parks.
On the other side of the argument, Councillor Teresa Costello for Tallaght Central said that she will fight for the gates to remain at the entrances of the park to keep the scramblers out. Prior to the kissing gates installed at the park there were scramblers constantly.
It is so hard to combat anti-social behaviour at the best of times, but when something is installed, and it actually works and to want to undo it? Everyone will be excluded if these preventative measures are removed. It is an urban park, and vital to thousands during Covid. Safety is key as a foundation for all community facilities.
A good park will appeal to all ages, from 9 to 90 to visit it and use it regularly. We push for equality of accessibility and use wherever possible in community amenities to ensure the greatest community benefit and use.
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