Public Meeting on the operation of the Community Centre at Cappagh Park at 9pm, Thursday in the meeting rooms, Joyce’s Supermarket
The purpose of the public meeting is to follow up on the recent public notice by City Council Management inviting Community Organisations to make written submissions for the Management/Operation of the new Knocknacarra Community Centre at Cappagh Park.
Councillors in the West Ward are most anxious to work together and with the community to ensure that the operation of the Community Centre is not privatised and that community groups/organisations seize the opportunity to put in their submission(s) by the deadline which is the 1st August 2014.
The public meeting is open to all interested parties and groups and it is anticipated that there will be a lively but fruitful discussion on the best way to proceed with submissions so as to ensure that the Community Centre is run by the community for the community and to its maximum capacity and for the benefit of residents of all ages and ability.
See Press Release below.
Press Release –Cllr Catherine Connolly 2nd July 2014-Knocknacarra Community Centre
Public Meeting at 9pm at the meeting rooms in Joyce’s Supermarket on Thursday the 3rd July.
Local West Ward Councillors have arranged a Public Meeting to raise awareness of the importance of the community putting in submissions on the operation of the new Community Centre at the Cappagh Park, the deadline for which is the 1st August.
Further to a successful motion tabled by Cllr Connolly at the last Council Meeting before the Local Election requesting City Management to take no further steps in the privatisation of the Community Centre, the City Manager agreed to give time to allow interested parties in the community make submissions.
As part of this process Management advertised the criteria which community parties will have to comply with in any submission and set the 1st August as the deadline.
Cllr Connolly said that while she very much welcomes the opportunity given to the public, she has the most serious concerns in relation to the nature of the criteria set and the fact that Local Councillors had absolutely no input into them.
Along with her fellow Councillors in the West Ward, Cllr Connolly agreed to call a public meeting in order to give a forum for discussion of the issues which have arisen but most importantly to ensure that viable submissions are put in by the Community.
Cllr Connolly said she and other Councillors along with the community of Knocknacarra fought a long battle to have the Community Centre constructed and she is totally against the City Manager’s proposal to privatise its operation.
Cllr Connolly said she is appealing to all interested parties to attend the public meeting which will take place in the meeting rooms at Joyce’s supermarket at 9pm on Thursday night at 9pm.