Call for Progress Report on Kildare Broadband

broadband cabinetI have ask for a progress report on the implementation of the National Broadband Plan and the Rural Broadband Scheme in County Kildare. So far there seems to be little evidence on the ground of any significant progress with these schemes and large areas of the county remain without access to a quality broadband service.

This is something I have been campaigning for locally for many years. The National Broadband Plan, published by the Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte in 2012, promised to ensure that high speed broadband was available to people all over the country. But so far it has not delivered. Kildare is being left far behind and many communities still don’t have access to a decent broadband service.

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More Info on New Naas School

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.

Government Determined to Tax Unfinished Estates

The Property Tax Exemption list published recently bears little relation to reality according to James Lawless, Fianna Fáil’s Local Area Representative for the Naas Area, North Kildare.

James conducted research last year to uncover that 85 named estates within County Kildare had been refused provision of maintenance services by the County Council as they were deemed unfinished. James had anecdotal suspicions of estates being “cut off” from council maintenance and he confirmed this was the case when he pursued the issue via Freedom of Information requests last autumn.

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