Thursday, January 09, 2020

A NUMBER of key projects in the Kildare-Newbridge Municipal District are progressing, councillors have been told.

The Strategic Projects and Public Realm team provided a quarterly update to elected members at their final meeting of the year in December, beginning with the Athgarvan healthcheck/urban design. Urban design consultants have been appointed and desktop research is underway, and the first public consultations are earmarked for early in the new year.

The Kildangan community hall upgrade was awarded €92,000 of funding under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme, while Part 8 documents are being finalised for the Kilcullen Market Square upgrade with the Part 8 process to commence early next year – hopefully in January. Part 8 documents are also being finalised for the upgrade of the square in Rathangan and again the Part 8 is due to commence early next year.

On the renewal plan for Kildare town, feedback is being reviewed for incorporation into the final plan, which is to be published in Q1 2020 for public review and comments. The draft concept for St Brigid’s Well in Kildare town has been received and is being reviewed and, on the Cherry Avenue project, it’s proposed to tender in 2020 for consultants for the detailed design of Phase 1 and the central earthworks feature. Phase 1 involves the perimeter paths, entrance, car park and wetlands.

In Newbridge, feedback on the town renewal plan is being reviewed for incorporation into the final plans, and consultation events are to be organised in early 2020. Work is ongoing with the urban designers on the Monasterevin healthcheck and urban design, while work on the Monasterevin looped walk/community centre is complete.

Progress is also being made on the Curragh Plains land management plan. The tender is being prepared for the conservation, management and interpretation plan; the branding and visitor positioning process; and the orientation, wayfinding and interpretation strategy. Consultants are to be appointed in 2020.

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By Conor Forrest
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