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Meade defends Lobinstown playground spend

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Councillor Paddy Meade.
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This article originally appeared on ThisIsArdee.ie

There’s a new playground on the way for Lobinstown – but locally based Fine Gael councillor Paddy Meade has found himself defending the expenditure earmarked for the project.

At Monday’s meeting of Meath County Council, some councillors voiced their opinion that the €87,000 allocated for the Lobinstown playground was unnecessary as the townland itself has a population of just 1,200 people.

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For the majority of locals in Lobinstown, Drumconrath and Syddan, Ardee is their main town for shopping, school and other services, including use of the Fair Green playground – which as we reported yesterday, is being extended.

Lobinstown was granted the funding for the new playground via the government’s Capital Investment Programme and Meade believes that the new facility for children can cater for those not just in Lobinstown but further afield too.

“If you look at this playground that is going to cater for the Lobinstown, Rathkenny, Castletown and Drumconrath area – that combined is a population of close to 6,000,” he told LMFM. “It’s the same size as Duleek or Dunshaughlin to put that into context. A playground in that area is fully justified.”

A new playground has been a long time in the pipeline for the small village. Plans were initially made in 2010 to provide it but neither funding nor progress had been forthcoming in the years since.

The locals of Reaghstown are close to bringing their playground project at Western GFC to fruition. They were granted €42,500 from the scheme last November to help build their playground which they hope to open to the public later this month. You can give to the Reaghstown Playground’s GoFundMe page by clicking here.

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