AN update on works across the Athy Municipal District area has been provided at a recent meeting of councillors.
It was noted that works on the R418 road into Castledermot were scheduled to commence on Monday 15 April, while work on the boundary fence of Shackleton Village in Moone between the public footpath and the river – which Cllr Ivan Keatley has described as a “major health and safety risk” – will also be commencing “in the near future” according to Kildare Co Council.
The council is also due to resurface sections of footpath in Ballitore “in the near future” using Local Property Tax funds. Cllr Martin Miley had tabled a motion seeking an upgrade of the footpath in Ballitore from the Post Office to the Meeting House. He described a section of the footpath as about a foot in height and said it was dangerous, noting that an elderly person could fall. Cllr Miley suggested that there could be a reduction in height or that a railing could be added. He also remarked that the footpath up to the Meeting House is in extremely poor repair.
In addition, councillors heard that things are proceeding “nicely” in relation to the Athy Southern Distributor Road project. Previous issues with Iarnrod Eireann have eased, the meeting was told, with access now gained to their lands for short-term work. In relation to the main contract, things are on schedule with plans to go to tender in the final quarter of 2019. Cllr Mark Wall remarked that the quicker the road is built, the better.
The update was provided at the April meeting of Athy Municipal District, which was held at the community centre in Castledermot. Earlier this year, Cllr Thomas Redmond had tabled a motion to hold a meeting in the village, which he described as the “ancestral home of democracy in Ireland”.
Speaking at the beginning of the meeting on Monday 15 April, Cathaoirleach Aoife Breslin noted her thanks to those involved for facilitating the meeting on what she described as a “historic” day in a fantastic facility.
“I would like to thank the people that made this possible,” she stated.