Earlier this week I welcomed the withdrawal of the planning application to build wind turbines at Eadestown (between Naas and Blessington). This proposal came on the table out of nowhere in June and it has now vanished again without trace.
It caused considerable concern and alarm amongst the local community and it was feared it would be the start of an entire belt of wind turbines stretching from Kilteel through Eadestown and into Ballymore Eustace areas. Credit to the local group, Eadestown Against Spin, who mobilised rapidly and got organised and led the charge in raising serious concerns on the plans.
At the Kildare County Council meeting on Monday 28th July, I made a call for live online streaming of all future council meetings. I tabled the motion requesting that the council explore streaming meetings of the council live over the web and requested that both district level and full council meetings should be accessible.
My view would be that any meeting where a public gallery exists should then be open to live streaming. The technology is there to do it and it’s a basic thing. Council meetings are still held during the day time which precludes a lot of people from attending. This proposal brings transparency and accessibility to local government.
In June, a proposal emerged by a private company to build a set of wind turbines on the hill at Athgarrett, Eadestown (on the Naas-Blessington road). The development was greeted with deep concern amongst the local community and series of public meetings were rapidly organised. I attended and spoke at all of these and have been working closely with the local group (Eadestown Against Spin).