A LOCAL councilor is claiming credit for pushing a derelict site onto the market, with the news that the old Odlums site in Sallins if finally up for sale, 12 years after closing.
“I’m delighted to hear this news,” said Cllr Bill Clear.
“I put it on the derelict site register, and this might have been the persuasion to sell it,” he said.
The 1.49 ha (3.67 ac) is right in the centre of the town and is guiding in excess of €1m.
Cllr Clear had raised the issue of derelict sites around Naas at last week’s Municipal District meeting (21 January),, when he asked the county council if they could confirm that Odlums, Cemex and Donnelly Mirrors sites were all on this Register.
“All three sites are owned by very well-off companies who could do something about it,” said Cllr Clear.
These people should not be allowed to continue to ruin our town,” he added.
It is estimated these three sites have been empty for 12, 13 and 14 years respectively.
In a reply from Ken Kavanagh fro the council’s Environment Section, Cllr Clear was told that following a similar query at the November meeting of the full council, it was decided the process with regard to identifying dereliction be formalised for members, and would be presented to them at next month’s Municipal District meeting.
“I’ve submitted documents for a second time about these sites,” said Cllr Clear.
“Donnelly Mirrors is on every Tidy Towns report, the place is killing us. We could work on it for six months ,” he pointed out.
“This [Derelict Register] Act works to put pressure on owners. Saying the council is ‘engaging’ butters no spuds with me,” he stated.
Mr Kavanagh revealed that Applegreen “has confirmed they remain committed to redeveloping the [Cemex] site”, despite withdrawing an initial planning application after it was appealed to An Bord Pleanála.
He also suggested that this issue will become clearer for Naas when the Local Area Plan, and the Strategic Transport Assessment are published.
“The members might consider this in their deliberations on the LAP,” said Mr Kavanagh.