Motion on Dublin-Sallins-Naas “Greenway”

canal_pic1At the most recent meeting of the Naas Municipal Council, I tabled a motion to develop a “greenway” track along the canal bank from Dublin out to Sallins and on into Naas town. The motion was well received and the council will now move to develop the first stretch from Hazelhatch to Ardclough. The motion called on the council to engage with other stakeholders including Waterways Ireland and South Dublin County Council who will also have a major role to play in the project.

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Kildare’s LPT Cut and the Logic Behind 7.5%

lpt calculatorComing into the new council in May I would have instinctively favoured cutting the property tax by the maximum possible cut of 15% when that time came. However even in the short few months of council meetings since it has been very apparent that the council needs more funds to provide the basic services we all want to see in our localities. Being unable to progress roads improvements, playgrounds, flood relief schemes, taking in charge, town renewal schemes, and much more from lack of funding is a very frustrating position to be in. I remain committed to passing on the greatest possible rebate to tax payers but that has to be done in a responsible way. A view I have expressed repeatedly is that with the advent of the LPT, the council must assume a deeper obligation on service provision in return.

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Pipers Hill CNS Needs Permanent Home

pipers hill cnsThe Department of Education has announced that a new 6 classroom will be built for St. David’s National School, Naas, who will move from their current Dublin road site to the new school on the site of the Pipers Hill complex on the edge of Naas town. This is great news for St. Davids, whom were all out of space where they were, and I wish them the very best in their new home.

But I strongly urge the government to now follow up with immediate action for Pipers Hill CNS who have languished in leaky prefabs for three years now. Pipers Hill CNS school is at the same site and those children need to be taken out of prefabs and given a permanent home. Despite a department inspection and approval in principle, Pipers Hill CNS has yet to even be placed onto the school building waiting list. Not only does this mean the clock has not even started ticking on waiting for buildings, it also means they cannot avail of the standard grants and improvement schemes that the department operate each year.

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Millennium Rd. / Sallins Rd. Roundabout Upgrade

Sallns Rd roundaboutAnother upcoming roads scheme involves upgrading the roundabout on the Sallins Road. The roundabout upgrade will involve adding extra lanes of traffic going around it and is intended to speed up flows of traffic through the roundabout and around all the approach roads. Well done also to the council team and all involved in finishing the bridge works project well ahead of time. You can see detailed plans of the roundabout upgrade here and here. The council is accepting submissions from the public until 19th September.

New Bus Hub for Main Street Naas

Naas bus bayA set of plans have been produced by the National Transport Authority, in conjunction with Bus Eireann and the County Council, to create a new ‘bus hub’ on Naas main street. This is a ‘Part 8’ in planning terms, which means the council puts it forward and the councillors vote on it (unlike a normal planning application where a private party puts forward an application and council officials decide on it). It strikes me that there is a lot of money being spent on this bus hub and I am not wholly convinced of the value. Concerns have been raised about potential impact on the main street as the plans would involve a loss of some parking spaces (4). I feel whether the bus stop proceeds or not, this underlying issue (lack of parking) needs to be addressed and I have been working on some proposals on that and on other town issues – more on that in due course. You can view the current designs for the bus hub here and the council are accepting submissions until 19th September.