LOCAL councillor Patricia Ryan has asked Kildare Co Council (KCC) to consider putting up a light at the back of houses in St Evin’s Park in Monasterevin.
In response to her motion at Kildare-Newbridge Municipal District’s November meeting, a report explained that the council’s public lighting section will visit the location of the requested new street light and it will then be assessed using a priority system within the Kildare Lighting Infrastructure Priority Schedule (KLIPS).
‘Lighting schemes will be scored on various factors and placed within KLIPS according to that score,” the report explained. “The lighting within KLIPS will be installed as and when funds become available and depending on where the request sits within KLIPS.’
Speaking at that meeting, cllr Ryan explained that it is very dark in that area and referenced “unsavoury people” and antisocial behaviour there.
The meeting heard that an assessment will be carried out and then it will be decided where it sits on the priority list. Cllr Suzanne Doyle remarked that it is unlikely to be done in the very near future. A representative of the council noted that the public lighting budget was reduced again this year and that there are areas that have to be prioritised.
Cllr Ryan added that Monasterevin is a town that has been left behind for a long time and that they need a swifter response. “We need to see work done in Monasterevin,” she said.
In a separate motion, the Sinn Féin councillor also asked that the county council resurface the road at the small entrance into the Bull Ring in Gurteenoona, Monasterevin. Cllr Ryan said there were issues with children falling in potholes and people complaining about damage to cars.
The council’s roads, transportation and public safety section has said that the road can be included for consideration as part of the 2020 budget, “subject to meeting the criteria set out by the department and budget availability”.