Sallins Area Plan – Support for Amenity Lands

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Mock Image of Sallins Harbour with Boardwalks

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.

If Naas adapts it will thrive; Leinster Leader

Leader_Article_October312017Below 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 →

Calls for clarity in Waterways car park, Sallins , as clamping increases

wheel-clamp-appIn 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 →

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.

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.