Monday, March 11, 2019

THE old machinery yard in Newbridge can’t be sold until a new site is ready for equipment and salt to be transfered to.

Cllr Fiona McLoughlin Healy asked at the Kildare-Newbridge municipal meeting for an update on progress made on the plan to sell the yard which she said continues take up valuable space in the centre of the town.

“Are there any obstacles or has a change of mind has arisen to delay the sale which was touted more than two years ago?” she asked.

She was told by council officials that the current base for the machinery yard and salting operations for Kildare Co Council needs to be transferred to a new location to facilitate the sale of the current site in the town centre.

“The Part 8 process in respect to the new machinery yard and salting operations facility will be published for public consultation in the coming weeks,” he said.

District manager Joe Boland said a lot of work has gone in to the design of a new yard and the design is “very impressive”.

He said the land in Newbridge, where the current site is, is valuable and that officials are conscious of ensuring the market is right.

He said the Part 8 process should be completed in the third quarter of the year and that it will go to tender in the first quarter of 2020.

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