Thursday, February 13, 2020

KILDARE Co Council has said that work to resolve the persistent flooding on the L8051 Marshalstown, Castledermot will be carried out in the coming weeks as part of the Athy Municipal District drainage programme.

That update was provided in response to a motion by Cllr Ivan Keatley at their meeting in January, but he received a less positive response to a second motion asking that the council complete the upgrade to Sweep Lane in Nurney.

A report explained that the first section of the lane was upgraded in 2018 with local property tax (LPT) funds and there was no money made available in 2019 to complete the works. Councillors were informed that the council owns property along this lane and that there appears to be no plan for these lands. It was suggested that the lane will require a long-term plan regarding the development of roads, footpaths, public lighting and surface water drainage.

Cllr Keatley noted that he wasn’t happy with the response and said that the issue needs to go back to the Housing section and the Architects Department to see what the next best step is.

“We do need to move it on,” he said.

Sweep Lane was also raised by Cathaoirleach Mark Wall at that meeting, asking for confirmation of when the council will complete a tidy up of their lands there ‘as previously agreed’.

The report issued in response to his question explained that, following a previous request, the site in Nurney was assessed by Architectural Services in early May 2019 – at that stage the site was bound by three walls which were “in a good state of repair’. The fourth boundary to the road, it explained, was open and allowed access to the site but there was “no evidence of unauthorised access”.

Councillors were told that the site had several trees and overgrown grass and bushes which were described as not appearing to be interfering with any adjacent properties. There was no evidence of large scale dumping on the site on the day of the visit that the Environment section would have had to be made aware of.

“It was agreed that no works needed to be complete to the site at this stage,” the report stated. “Note that this site is zoned residential and suitable for approximately 25 units but there is currently a constraint on the waste water system in Nurney and the site cannot be developed until additional capacity is provided on the waste water system.”

Cllr Aoife Breslin remarked that the area has been “very much neglected”, adding that there is no public lighting and there are “craters” in the green area.

Cllr Wall said that, for anyone who drives Sweep Lane, the first thing they see is its overgrown nature, and that there are fears about trees falling on houses. He asked that the site be revisited.

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By Conor Forrest
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