A motion in the names of Athy MD councillors Veralouise Behan, Aoife Breslin, Brian Dooley, Ivan Keatley and Mark Leigh called on the council to investigate the ownership of ground in Rathstewart, Athy.
That’s with a view, the motion explained, ‘to considering if it is feasible to purchase/CPO it for future use as a new entrance for the secondary school, to create a safer one way traffic system for students, parents and staff during [the] Covid-19 pandemic and alleviating the traffic congestion in the town, subject to budgetary provision being available’.
A report issued in response to the motion noted that a search has confirmed that this parcel of land isn’t registered with the Land Registry. And it added that the Department of Education and Skills ‘will need to consider establishing ownership of this ground if they are planning to submit an application for a second entrance’.
Cllr Dooley said that area of the town in the morning and afternoon is very congested and referenced a domino effect back into the town.
He went on to say that contact with the owner was made and that the school was asked to contact the owner.