There needs to be immediate action on the rapid rise of burglaries, thefts and related crimes in the Naas area during the past year. The latest figures from the Central Statistics Office show that there were 958 reported burglaries at Naas Garda Station in 2013. That’s up 131 from 827 burglaries in the previous year.
With the closure of stations in rural communities around Naas in 2012, we’re seeing a rise in burglaries and theft in these parts. Residents in isolated areas and even in villages are becoming increasingly nervous in their homes.
Work has already started at the Craddockstown site.
There is welcome news on the announcement from Sean Ashe, head of the KWWETB, that he has sought permission from the Minister to re-home Naas Community School (otherwise known as Pipers Hill NS) into the new school building campus underway at Craddockstown. I’ve been closely following the development of new schools in the greater Naas area for some time now and this is a positive development.
The water might be flowing, but taking-in-charge isn’t.
Taking in Charge of estates remains a hot topic around County Kildare as numerous estates are waiting for the Council to take them over so they can begin to avail of public services. In some cases estates are not even having their street lights repaired at present as the council is not legally responsible until an estate is formally taken in charge.
I have been campaigning on this issue for some time and have helped some estates get taken in charge in recent months. However, just when progress was being made, a new setback has arisen which will cause more delays.
Plans have existed to upgrade the Sallins Road between Naas and Sallins for at least two years. The initial plan was to upgrade the road corridor all the way from Poplar Square in Naas out as far as the train station in Sallins with funding provided by the NTA as part of a public transport investment. This would allow better movement for cars, buses and cyclists.
A meeting was recently held with a view to setting up a community alert scheme in Sallins. Such schemes are already up and running in several local areas and have proved effective in crime prevention. I have worked with the group in Kill, Kilteel and Ballymore Eustace previously and representatives of the Kill Community Alert attended the recent Sallins meeting. We were very grateful for their time and very useful advice. If you would be interested in getting involved with setting up such a scheme in Sallins, please let me know.