Thursday, July 11, 2019

AN agreement has been reached between Kilmeague residents and Kildare Co Council with regard to the controversy100 year old cobble stone path in the community.

Social Democrats Councillor Aidan Farrelly has welcomed the news  following his question to the  recent Clane / Maynooth Municipal District meeting.

The cobbles were lifted up through a Local Property Tax allocation of works in January 2019, but residents affected by the removal of this historic path objected and asked that the cobbles be reinstated immediately. According to the council however, health and safety regulations prevented them from doing so.

“This is great news for everyone. From the very first meeting I attended, I had called on both parties in this to consider a compromise that would see the cobbles reinstated whilst still ensuring everyone could use this path safely,” said Cllr Farrelly.

“I commend the residents who worked alongside the council to reach this agreement. We are all aware of the way the path has been left since the works began, and hopefully the details of this agreement can be ironed out so that work can begin on the path with no delay.”

Cllr Farrelly also asked a question during the meeting, to confirm whether the Prosperous Town Park and Playground development has been allocated sufficient funding for the completion of the project.

“It remains very unclear as to whether there’s enough money allocated to complete the Town Park and Playground development in Prosperous. Cllr Brendan Weld confirmed at the meeting that an allocation of €60,000 from last years’ LPT had been allocated, alongside the €100,000 secured from the Town and Village Renewal Scheme 2016.

“We know there’s been significant drainage works needed for the site, and we need to know how much they cost and from what budget they came from. Now they are complete it’s essential that we identify how much it’s going to cost for the town park and playground, and if we have the budget to complete both.

“There’s plans for a park and new car park for the village. Whilst I agree that both are an important asset to the community, they shouldn’t be prioritised over the playground development. With that in mind, I welcome the decision to invite a presentation from the Council’s Parks Department to the September MD meeting.”

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