At 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.
On being elected I was determined that funds collected from the local property tax (LPT) must be spent locally and not redirected back to national government. At council level, we have made allocations around the district with significant grants being made to Tidy Towns and residents association groups across the Naas district. The LPT monies are also being targeted at playgrounds in Kill, Sallins and Caragh, undergrounding of cables on Naas main street and support for the Naas-Sallins greenway. I have also brought forward various road projects for attention and tried to get a balance according to geography and where the need was greatest.
The Kill to Straffan road is looking good after the works on it this summer. This road was the scene to a number of accidents due to problems with surface and camber, which was not obviously apparent, but posed a hazard and cars regularly came off the road here. Speed can still cause accidents of course but these improvements should ensure a better quality and safer carriageway.
Starting on Monday 20th July 2015, Kildare County Council repair works will be carried out at Salmon Leap Bridge in Leixlip between the hours of 8am and 6pm and are expected to be completed by Friday 24th July 2015. Also, lower end of the Main St. (English row) in Celbridge is being resurfaced and will be closed at night time from 10pm to 6am while these works are ongoing. These are also expected to be completed by Friday 24th July 2015. Detour signs will be in place during hours of closure.