Thursday, April 11, 2019

NAAS councillors have queried the timeline on works for the access road into Finlay Park.

Councillors Darren Scully, Sorcha O’Neill, Anne Breen and Carmel Kelly proposed motions on the topic of traffic calming and safety measures in the area at the March meeting of Naas Municipal District.

A report from Kildare Co Council (KCC) explained that future proposals for the access road to Finlay Park include upgrading the existing road to one that measures 6.5 metres and includes provisions for pedestrians, cyclists, public lighting and a toucan pedestrian crossing – a signal crossing that isn’t segregated and allows both cyclists and pedestrians to cross the road, and links cycle tracks and footpaths on either side.

The report also stated that arrangements and agreements to acquire lands on the Old Caragh Road have been reached to accommodate these works, and that the proposal will be carried out “in tandem with further anticipated housing development at Finlay Park”.

Cllr Darren Scully told the meeting that he appreciated that something will be done but queried the timeline, noting that there is a lot of traffic now on the Old Caragh Road. “When is this work going to be done?” he asked, echoing other councillors.

The meeting heard that KCC solicitors are now looking at a legal agreement with one of the landowners, and a speedy conclusion is anticipated. However, no timeline is available yet as to when the developer will commence the works.

Cllr Scully also stated that residents in the area are in a “precarious” position and asked whether the developer has been contacted and is ready to go. “We’re getting no timelines here,” he reiterated.

Evelyn Wright from the council’s Roads department responded that while she couldn’t provide confirmation regarding the commencement of works, they are engaging with the developer.

The meeting also heard that, from previous discussions, the developer is eager to complete the works.

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By Conor Forrest
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