No funding for Sallins safety plan

DIFFERENCES of opinion have emerged about how to improve the quality of life for Sallins residents.

DIFFERENCES of opinion have emerged about how to improve the quality of life for Sallins residents.

Plans to improve safety for pedestrians – some of which have been criticised by local residents - have been put on the long finger.

Money was allocated to improve pedestrian access to the railway station and to block off ramps at the canal bridge in the village centre.

However, the Sallins Community Council (SCC) opposes the closure of the ramps and instead suggested changes to the traffic lighting system at the Church Lane/Main Street junction.

The SCC called a public meeting recently about the proposed changes. There were mixed views about the one way traffic system in the middle of the village and some residents felt this would contribute to congestion.

There was also support for the construction of a boardwalk alongside the canal bridge (similar to the structure spanning the River Liffey in Newbridge).

SCC secretary Tony Gavin told the Leader that most people favour the introduction of some form of pay parking to combat all day parking by people using the rail service each day.

“People are parking all over the village and if a pay parking system for an hour between 11 and noon each day was brought in the problem would be solved,” Mr. Gavin said.

He said many of the problems are traffic related because roads everywhere have been upgraded and Sallins is the only village between Naas and Navan which has not yet been by-passed.

Kildare County Council official Sonya Kavanagh told a council meeting that councillors will be consulted when a report on the safety improvement plan (which will take the views of residents into account) is available.

She said this project is one of over 100 which KCC submits to the National Transport Authority for funding.

Cllr. Paddy McNamara said everybody from the gardai to the council agrees work needs be done to improve pedestrian safety.