Welcome news with the announcement from the Department of the Environment that 75 local authority houses have been given the go ahead in Craddockstown, Naas. This funding announcement follows on from my council motion in September seeking clarity from the Department regarding funding for social housing in Kildare. I am delighted that funding for local authority housing in Naas has been announced today. The 75 new units will ease the social housing wait times for families who have had to endure extremely long wait times, in difficult circumstances, for housing.
A few posts back, I outlined that a new school had been agreed for Naas and that work had recently commenced, at a Craddockstown location, opposite the nursing home on the Craddockstown road. A number of people had queries about this, so here are further details of the plan:
- The school being built at Craddockstown road is to primary school specification.
- The school will temporarily open as a Secondary School in September 2014.
- It will begin enrolment one year at a time ; only first years will start in 2014.
- A site for a secondary school at Millennium Park is being sourced in parallel.
- Millennium Park is intended as the long term home of the new secondary school.
- Once Millennium Park site is operational the secondary school will move there.
- The Craddockstown site will then begin functioning as a regular primary school.
- Campus will include turn-around and drop-off facilities for traffic management.
- A new footpath and pedestrian crossing will be added along the road outside.
This all makes a lot of sense as the new school buildings will carry on, once the secondary moves across to Millennium Park, a new primary will function at Craddockstown instead.
You can apply to enrol for September 2014 already. You can do this by:
- Downloading this form.
- By calling into the VEC offices at Floor 5, Áras Chill Dara, Devoy Park, Naas.
- By phoning (045) 988000 and requesting an application form.
James says he has been approached by numerous people complaining about visibility on the road which is just on the fringe of Naas town and which is used for both the Craddockstown Nursing Home and the Friendly Faces crèche on that road as well as local traffic.
“The road is narrow at the best of times and is very overgrown at present which is causing a serious difficulty for many parents leaving their children to the crèche, many of whom walk out with buggies due to the proximity to the town” said James. “It is also a very popular road for local walkers”.