Thursday, August 08, 2019

AFTER more than two years of looking for a site for a BMX park in the municipal district, it now looks that the search will stretch into a third year with the news that four sites in Newbridge and Kildare have been deemed not suitable.

This was revealed in a formal reply from the council’s Parks Department to Cllr Fiona McLoughlin Healy in replay to her motion she presented at the May council meeting seeking such a site after she had secured a developer to build the facility for free.

Back then she had revealed that the developer who had built the track in Tallaght was willing to build “a free, national-standard BMX park for our district” pending the availability of land.

As a developer in Greenfield groundworks, the material he needs to dispose of “we need to build the track”, according to a local enthusiast, Ross Dunleavey.

However, this will all have to go back on the long finger for the moment, after the Parks Department was not able to progress with any of the four sites it had identified in the district.

These were two in Newbridge – Rosconnell, and the industrial estate – and two in Kildare – Collaghknock Glebe, and the old National Stud lands.

Two of these – Rosconnell and Collaghknock Glebe were quickly identified as “intended for housing”, whilst the industrial estate was deemed too small (less than 1acre) and backed onto housing.

The National Stud lands looked most promising until it was revealed that a new park has been planned for the site, and the Parks Department just couldn’t marry the BMX footprint within the application already submitted.

“It is considered that a BMX track would not be an appropriate fit with the design that is proposed for the [new] park,” said a council spokesperson.

‘Kildare Co Council would like to support a BMX track, but at an appropriate site which is not currently available,” he added.

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By finian coughlan
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