The Sallins Local Area Plan has almost concluded its rounds of consideration in the council and has been sent to the Minister for final sign-off. As expected the Minister has raised a concern over Alteration 20 relating to the additional residential zoning on the Bodenstown road. However the key piece of this jigsaw is the 40 acres of Amenity land that come with it. This was supported by all Councillors unanimously when the plan was going through as the community gain behind this proposal will allow for development of multiple playing pitches, running track, a new community building for all the different groups in the village. It will bridge the gap which has long existed of over development without any facilities in the village to go with it. The Minister has invited submissions on the Alteration before he makes a ruling and I include my submission here.
Naas Community College has finally been granted permission by the Department of Education to proceed to tender. This means the new school building can proceed at Millennium Park and is a great relief to parents, teachers, management and the entire school community.
The school started enrollment in 2014 and has reached maximum capacity at its current temporary home in Craddockstown. The new building will cater for 1,000 pupils and is a state of the art design with facilities for music, art, science and other subjects as well as dedicated ASD units. Continue Reading →
I recently questioned the Taoiseach on the need for better public transport for the greater Dublin area. Currently the car parks at the Sallins and Naas station are averaging 165% to 175% capacity and other stations in the area experience similar problems. With the car parks operating so far over capacity, anyone arriving past 7.30 a.m. would have no chance at a space. I have been advised by Irish Rail that they would gladly expand the car park, provided the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport allow funding. Continue Reading →
I can confirmed that work has begun in earnest for the widening of the M7 motorway. The works have begun on the M7 at Johnstown to the Naas South exit which will see the motorway expanded and the Sallins bypass installed. The works will fully begin on January 6th.
This is a great start to 2018. I have campaigned for many years for the project to go ahead. It is a vital piece of infrastructure which has been badly needed. Now commuters and residents alike will see tangible evidence that the work is well underway.
Once completed in 2020 the final project will see extra capacity on the M7, a new interchange, and bypass of Sallins. Continue Reading →
Below is the full picece published in the Leinster Leader on 31st October. The article published in the Leader was an abridged version, which can be read by expanding the image to the left.
Last February I wrote a piece for the Leader outlining the challenges facing Naas as a retail town and highlighting some of the projects that were underway to address those. Six months on some of those projects are beginning to come good and it an apt time to update on where it is all at.
Changing technology, habits and lifestyles mean people shop and live differently now than they used. With it now being possible to buy a pint of milk in a garage or order a pizza from your iPad, people no longer need to “go up the street” on a daily basis. This challenge faces many towns around Ireland and at a recent meeting I held with Retail Excellence Ireland shopping habits were summed up succinctly as “midweek convenience, weekend experience”. In other words that people will shop online or in bulk midweek but want to enjoy leisure and recreation at weekends. Continue Reading →
In the past week alone I have been contacted by many commuters who have been unfairly clamped. These car parks have been used for commuters at Sallins train station for many years, including myself. I understand the arrangement had worked well while providing convenience and capacity to the train station. Now however, the car park has been split by the two management companies with little to no additional signage informing commuters of where to park and pay following the new arrangements.
This has led to much confusion for those using the car park as tickets for one section are not recognised in the other. Since Monday I have been contacted by five individuals who have returned home from a day’s work to find their cars clamped through no real fault of their own. Continue Reading →