Derelict Sites Task Force Established

James Lawless NaasI’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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Naas Roundabouts Sponsorship Scheme Welcomed

James Lawless NaasThe council has agreed to my proposals for a sponsorship scheme to landscape roundabouts within the Naas area. The motion brought forward in November at a meeting of Naas Municipal District was greeted positively by the council. This initiative will serve as a boost for the appearance of the town as well as providing advertising opportunities to local businesses. I am delighted that this has been accepted by the council. All roundabouts in the Naas area, even the minor ones, will now be open to accepting sponsorship in lieu of landscaping. It benefits both the council and local businesses while providing residents and motorists with a more attractive town.

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Clarification Sought on Kill Village T-Junction

Cllr James Lawless 2015At a recent meeting of Naas Municipal District, I asked Kildare County Council for clarification on the operation of the new T-junction in Kill village. The T-junction was installed during the past year to replace the roundabout that served the Hartwell Road. Local residents have complained that the T-junction was creating traffic problems. Since the roundabout in the middle of Kill village was replaced by a T-junction, road users coming from the Hartwell Road are facing long tailbacks to get on to the Main Street. Many residents have raised this with me.

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Naas Roadworks ​Delays Unacceptable

Sallns Rd roundaboutAs we are all too well aware, roadwork delays in the Naas area are adding to traffic woes. This has become particularly acute as the busy season commences and adverse weather makes driving conditions more difficult for motorists. There are three major roadworks projects underway: the Sallins Rd. roundabout widening, Main St. bus stop upgrades, and Kilcullen Rd. roadworks. All of these together are contributing adversely to the movement of traffic around Naas town and Sallins village. While it is welcome to see these projects being carried out, I would have hoped that they would have been carried out in a timely and efficient manner. Instead, we’ve had to put up with the opposite.

Therefore I’ve stressed  with stakeholders involved the URGENT need for prompt completion of the roadworks to relieve this traffic chaos, especially now in the run up to Christmas. The Sallins Rd. roundabout and Kilcullen Rd. upgrade in particular are simply taking far too long to complete. It is unacceptable. One would have thought that in this day we could deliver projects like these quickly and efficiently, but it’s worse they’re getting.

While it is imperative we carry out these roadworks, it is equally important that they are done in a timely fashion with minimum disruption to traffic around the town. These roadworks are taking months. Many residents have raised the issue with me about the ongoing roadworks on the Sallins Rd. and how it’s causing havoc daily. I will be doing all I can at council level to expedite the completion of these works, especially now that bad weather and the busy Christmas season is upon us. It is critical that Naas town gets its Main Street back to normal for Christmas.