Great news today from An Bord Pleanala after they have refused planning for the proposed wind farm development at Emlagh, Co. Meath. The precedent has now been set this morning after An Bord Pleanála rejected permission for a wind farm in Meath. As I have consistently stated over the last 12 months, I am firmly opposed to the unwanted and detrimental Maighne Wind Farm in north west Kildare and I would expect An Bord Pleanála to see sense by repeating their decision here in Kildare North. The reasons for my objection to the Maighne Wind Farm echoes those of residents across north west Kildare, and I think today we can take some positives from the ABP decision. Similar to our concerns here in Kildare North, the planning body raised very similar health and safety issues as part of their reasons to refuse the proposed development in Co. Meath.
Having met with residents in estates on the Kilcullen Road, Naas, I raised the issue of poor visibility entering on to the road during the recent meeting of Naas Municipal District council. I raised the motion that the entrance/exit to the estates on the new Kilcullen Road, as recently redesigned, be re-marked to facilitate proper visibility for cars exiting those estates. The current alignment of signs and markings at these estates on the Kilcullen Road are dangerous. I’ve sought the council to make the necessary safety improvements which I welcome. At the meeting, the council acknowledged that some road markings and signage still had to be installed at these entrances. Furthermore, a full road safety audit would be undertaken once the works are completed which would encompass entering and exiting from the estates.
I’m delighted that my proposal has been accepted for the creation of a derelict sites task force which will seek to tackle the derelict buildings across Co. Kildare with a view to rendering them suitable for residential and commercial use. The Derelict Building Task Force will examine and work with the council to restore the empty buildings in Kildare.
I pushed for this at the recent recent county council meeting and am delighted to be spearheading the project. I have had many people contact me regarding housing and the lack of available housing. I am determined we make better use of the buildings we already have. I believe this task force has the potential to bring more business to our main streets. It is also imperative to tackle the eyesores that are left behind in so many areas causing frustration to areas and detracting from the local environment.
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I am delighted to welcome the council’s Shop Front & Town Centre Improvement Grant Scheme which will be rolled out now in 2016. The purpose of this simple yet innovative scheme is to improve the appearance of shop fronts and other retail and commercial properties in our towns around Co. Kildare. As we’re all well aware, town centre businesses have faced huge pressures in recent years to stay open. With more attractive town centres, we can help encourage business back in to our towns. This scheme is a welcome step towards this objective. The scheme is open to all existing businesses in towns throughout Co. Kildare.
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