ANY proposal to change the name of the Newbridge housing estate where a terrace of homes were destroyed by fire in just half an hour in March 2015 would be against planning permission and would cause problems for various state agencies and authorities councillors have been told.
At the December meeting of Kildare Newbridge Municipal District councillors Cllr Mark Lynch asked that the council work with residents of Millfield Manor to explore changing the name of the estate. It is believed that the residents wish to explore changing the name of the estate due to the unfortunate connotations associated with the current name.
He also asked that the council help the residents to provide a better landscaped entrance to the estate.
In response the council said that as a condition of planning the name of an estate has to be agreed with the developer prior to work on the development commencing. Therefore, any change to the name would be in contravention of the planning permission that was granted.
“Any such proposal may have wider implications for bodies other than the council for example An Post, The Emergency Services, the ESB, The Property Registration Authority, the Revenue Commissioners and statutory service providers etc,” the report said.
The report stated that provision had been made in the site resolution plan for a monetary contribution to Millfield Residents’ Association for landscaping in the estate and the council committed to following this up with the receiver.
Cllr Mark Lynch said he was happy with the reply and speaking to the Kildare Nationalist following the meeting he conceded that it would be very difficult to change the name of the estate. However, he added that it was something that the residents themselves would have to reflect on.