Pacelli Road is one of the estates where water meters aren’t being installed.
Irish Water have been busy installing water meters across Naas for the past few months, however it looks as though they will now move on leaving many properties still un-metered. In some of the older parts of Naas, Irish Water did not install meters due to the nature of the pipework and so those residents will instead now receive estimated bills.
The problem had been raised with me by residents in the Sarto and Pacelli road areas and I’ve started to investigate this. A few people contacted me to say that Irish Water had been around but had not been able or perhaps not willing to put a meter into their houses. The problem with that is then people can only receive estimated bills when the charges kick in, which has potential to be unfair and does not provide peace of mind.
For years anyone coming to or from Ballymore would have passed the old tree at the ‘brook of donode’ bend and it had become something of a local landmark. The bend itself is very severe and if you didn’t know the road you could find it a difficult turn were you travelling at any speed on the approach. The tree in the middle had been fenced off for some time, but in recent times natural decay had meant the former specimen was withered and starting to rot in the hollow. A number of Ballymore residents had mentioned this to me, and it was raised at a meeting of the Wolfe Tone Fianna Fáil cumann in the village a short while back. Anyway, long story short, I brought its current condition to the attention of the council. They have taken away the tree and I have requested they plant a new sapling in its place. Part of the circle of life I suppose.
NB Stonebrook Pet Farm is just off that junction and well worth a visit, especially in December when Santa is in residence
My continued lobbying of Eircom to install broadband upgrades is paying off – residents in Caragh are to enjoy faster network speeds from now on, as the next generation ‘e-fibre’ broadband has been fast tracked to their exchange. I have also lobbied successfully for Rathmore and Ballymore Eustace to be added to the list of next phase broadband upgrades.
A few posts back, I outlined that a new school had been agreed for Naas and that work had recently commenced, at a Craddockstown location, opposite the nursing home on the Craddockstown road. A number of people had queries about this, so here are further details of the plan:
The school being built at Craddockstown road is to primary school specification.
The school will temporarily open as a Secondary School in September 2014.
It will begin enrolment one year at a time ; only first years will start in 2014.
A site for a secondary school at Millennium Park is being sourced in parallel.
Millennium Park is intended as the long term home of the new secondary school.
Once Millennium Park site is operational the secondary school will move there.
The Craddockstown site will then begin functioning as a regular primary school.
Campus will include turn-around and drop-off facilities for traffic management.
A new footpath and pedestrian crossing will be added along the road outside.
This all makes a lot of sense as the new school buildings will carry on, once the secondary moves across to Millennium Park, a new primary will function at Craddockstown instead.
You can apply to enrol for September 2014 already. You can do this by:
Flooding is an all too familiar problem, and increasingly so as our weather becomes wetter and wilder in recent years. I went out to Ballymore National School just after Christmas to see the latest site for flood problems to manifest. There is a small stream running adjacent to the school, which then runs under the main road and out the far side.
In normal times the stream is harmless, and there was some work done to dredge it a year or two back. However in the more turbulent tempests we experience regularly now, that little stream becomes a deluge that has flooded the entire playground and school yard, as well as virtually blocking off the main Naas road into Ballymore.
Anyway I met with the principal, Mrs. O’Flynn and we surveyed the situation. The culvert under the main road basically appears too narrow to handle storm waters and needs to be widened – something similar to what was done in Sallins at Kerdiffstown previously. I have referred this onto Kildare County Council and this week I received assurances that a site investigation will be planned to occur shortly.