The heavy lifting has been done on this project since 2014 when I agreed the site with the parish, with great thanks to them, and had the funding agreed and ring fenced by the Naas area committee. We have been effectively ready to go since then but it has been like pulling teeth trying to get it moved forward on the council side. I know the council are committed to the project but the delay means more summers going by when the local children could have had a playground at their disposal. We have a population spike in Sallins at the moment, there is no point putting in the playground when they are all grown up. Continue Reading →
I am delighted that Sallins, Naas and Kilcock train stations will be moved into the ‘short hop zone’ and fares will be reduced by up to 50% following a series of meetings I held with the National Transport Authority (NTA) on the matter.
After a prolonged engagement with the NTA, including meetings in Leinster House, and sustained lobbying with both them and Irish Rail, on the disparity of train fares for commuters in Kilcock, Naas, and Sallins they now have revised the zoning model and are making significant changes for the betterment of commuters in these areas. Continue Reading →
A publication of a draft timetable for rail services which will benefit Hazelhatch commuters in the coming months has gone live. The timetable is now open for public consultation and will close on 19th September.
This is a service I have campaigned for, for many years. Recently I had meetings with the NTA and this was a matter which was brought up. I have also been in constant contact with Irish Rail on this issue. Continue Reading →
The Minister for Planning and Housing, Simon Coveney TD, has rejected the considered opinion of all 9 Councillors in the Naas electoral area, along with over 2,000 supporting submissions from the Sallins community to reject the amenity option in the local area plan. The Sallins Local Area Plan had contained a provision to zone 40 acres of land at Bodenstown as Amenity along with 30 for housing, the package also included a site for a second school and common use playing fields and community centre. I actively supported this when I was on the council, in fact as Mayor I formally proposed it, and chaired the meetings where it was voted through over the course of the last year.
The County Manager and now the Minister opposed this proposal from the start as their argument was about over-zoning. Everybody in Sallins understands the problems of over-zoning as we are living through it. Sallins went from 500 to 5,000 people in the last fifteen years with no accompanying increase in leisure amenities.
This plan offered a concrete proposal to actually deliver lands for those amenities and enjoyed massive local support. All parties and all Councillors supported it as well as the overwhelming majority of local residents and for the Minister to ignore this reality and strike it down is really riding roughshod over the clearly expressed will of the people in the area affected.
It is worth noting the Scout Den is still being delivered and the playground is still underway. The Bodenstown lands were easily the biggest block of zoning in this plan but those smaller parcels are still going ahead so at least some amenities got through.
You can see some of my previous posts on it here.