M7 Widening and Sallins bypass confirmation

M7 Upgrade Sallins BypassI am delighted to confirm that the contract has been awarded for these vital pieces of infrastructure. Since becoming active in politics and as a local resident in Sallins I have been campaigning for the M7 widening and the Sallins bypass projects to be completed. It is a long time coming but is very welcome.

Once completed these works will be critical for road users in Sallins, Naas plus the wider areas such as Prosperous and Clane. The Sallins bypass in particular will take traffic out of Sallins and help ease congestion in the village and surrounding areas which is critical in helping people get to work on time. I want to credit Peter Carey and his team in Kildare County Council for their work in progressing this project.

Leixlip Tidy Towns in IBAL Rankings

21272631_10155468032726047_9036342793540349160_nMassive congrats to Leixlip Tidy Towns on their 3rd place finish in the Irish Business Against Litter results. Having seen first hand the work put in by Leixlip Tidy Towns and having attended several of their events I know that this award and very high ranking is justly deserved. Leixlip and Confey are really looking well and it is a huge credit to all involved to reach this standard. Well done to all the volunteers and of course the townsfolk for having the streets looking so neat and tidy and in great shape. I look forward to working with them to build on this achievement.

Firmount House Open for Business

21191846_10155457491531047_2246242739942216419_nGreat to see Firmount house back up and running under the careful stewardship of Eilin O’Carroll serving fine organic food and fare.

Eilin treated me to a tour of the new premises this afternoon and the high quality items on offer. It is a fantastic backdrop for a lovely day out and I was delighted to support Eilin as she restored the old house.

This property has always been a landmark in the Clane / Prosperous area and fantastic to see it back open as a place to dine and visit.

Footpath Improvements for Sallins

20841119_10155417033246047_8517489831239621509_nIn conjuction with Cllr. Carmel Kelly I am delighted confirm that our works have been carried out on footpath repairs in the village. The repairs works inculded the main footpath through the town. Next to be done is the section on way to primary school going past the Creche. The bins visible in picture were also put in this summer using some of Carmel’s discretionary funding. Most of Sallins village has now had pavement and/or road surface improvements carried out since 2014 between myself and then Carmel representing it on county council.

Sallins Playground – Planning Application Underway

The Sallins playground has taken a step closer to construction with the publication today of the planning documents by which the council seeks a “Part 8” approval to proceed with the project.

Outline location for the Sallins community playground.

Location for the Sallins community playground.

These documents are quite technical in nature but show the exact location of the proposed playground and deal with all the environmental and planning considerations that may be relevant. These proposals are on display both in the council offices and in Café Grange and any interested parties can make a submission up to the 29th September. If you support the playground I would encourage you to email a supporting submission, details how to do so are at the end. Note these documents do not get into the detailed design of the playground itself, but if you had any thoughts on that, this would also be a good time to send them to the council. I attach here all the relevant documentation. I also want to again acknowledge that the proposed playground is to be built on land owned by Sallins parish and I want to thank them for their very decent and generous accommodation in enabling this project to happen. The below image indicates the exact location where the playground is intended to sit between the church, community centre and national school. sallins_playground_location

You can review the various documentation at these links sallins-playground-part-8-application-report, sallins-playground-part-8-final-location-map-a3l-1, sallins-playground-part-8-final-a1-l-1.

The detailed design of the playground is subject to a tender process and will come after this. However it will satisfy the following high level specification:

    • The playground will cater for 1-12 years old.
    • It will contain a range of equipment for children from 1-6 and 6-12 years. The equipment may include the following. Swings, Slides, Rockers, Seesaw, Play Panels, Multi Play Units, Sand & Water Play & landscaping.
    • It is envisaged that the grass contained within the existing site will be retained where possible.
    • Additional surfaces which may be used in the design of the playground are rubber surfacing, woodchip and sand.
    • The design may also contain landscape features such as mounding, sand pit, planting and living willow structures and tree and shrub planting.
    • It is likely the construction of the playground will take 12-16weeks from starting on site to completion and opening. This timeframe is dependent on weather and ground conditions.
    • Equipment with  varying heights will be used throughout the playground to a maximum height of 5.5m
    • any surface water drainage which may be necessary will be attenuated on site.

The relevant contact is Simon Wallace, Senior Executive Parks Superintendent, Kildare County Council, Devoy Park, Naas, Co. Kildare before 4.00 p.m. on Friday 29th  September 2017.  Submissions should be clearly headed “Sallins Community Playground”  and you can send them by post or email them to swallace@kildarecoco.ie.