A LOCAL councillor has declared his opposition to the closure of a path used as a shortcut to the railway station saying “I fail to see the logic in it”, and has got the council to seek clarification on the decision from the landowner.
The path between College Farm and the railway station was closed by the landowner Iarnrod Eireann last month on foot of complaints of anti-social behaviour.
However, at the recent Kildare –Newbridge Municipal District meeting, Cllr Noel Heavey raised a motion asking how the council might engage with Irish Rail to prevent the closure.
“This route has been highlighted in the NTA’s ‘Newbridge Transport Framework’ document for 2018,” he said.
“It’s been used for at least 33 years and…the closure of this lane at the railway station, I fail to see why,” he said.
“I’ve heard there’s been anti-social behaviour on the lane, but there’s anti-social behaviour all over the place,” he added.
“On behalf of all the communities around Roseberry, and that’s in excess of a 1,000 homes, I fail to see the logic in it,” he continued.
“There’s no regard to future use of pedestrian and cycleways,” he concluded.
However, area engineer Brenda Cuddy clarified.
“It’s an Irish Rail issue, and there was a failure to manage it [the path],” said Cllr xxxxxxxxxxxxx.
“A lot of people were heavily impacted by the anti-social behaviour right at their back wall,” he pointed out.
Cllr Heavey got some support from Cllr Fiona McLoughlin Healy who offered: “I’d support looking for a response from Irish Rail”.
“We should look why [access] would be suspended pending resolution,.” She added.
The meeting agreed, and it was resolved to write to Irish Rail seeking clarification on this closure.
“Once the gates are closed, they’re very hard to get open again,” warned Cllr Heavey.