The green across from Magenta Grove was just beginning to flourish, according to Grange Manor resident Alan O’Rourke.
The trees were maturing nicely and parents were looking forward to having their kids out of the house a little longer and playing out on the green as the long evenings kicked in.
That was until about 4pm on Friday afternoon last, when a JCB sliced its way through the green to construct a 400-metre stretch of temporary road, leading to the wall which borders onto neighbouring Grange Heights.
“It was like a meteor landed outside our front door and hit the green,” Alan told The Munster Express.
“There was no sign on the green to let us know about this work in the first place, which was bad enough, but when the JCB and the trucks moved in, there were no safety barricades, nothing.
“And to make it even worse, when I contacted the City Council to find out what was going on, no-one down there seemed to know anything about it. I was just dumbfounded by the whole thing.”
A developer was granted permission by the City Council to construct a temporary access road to permit the construction of a single-storey dwelling in the adjoining estate.
But residents, clearly angered by being ‘kept in the dark’ by the Council parked their cars across the path on Monday and Tuesday, blocking the developer’s access to the site.
City Councillor Jim D’Arcy said he had only learned in recent days that a licence for the roadway had been granted 18 months ago.
See The Munster Express newspaper for full story and photos.