Nowhere to go in Johnstown

THERE are no facilities for young people in Johnstown.

THERE are no facilities for young people in Johnstown.

Cllr. Fintan Brett said the need for a community centre was recognised 4-5 years ago but little has happened.

“There is no church, no school, no hall in Johnstown. There is absolutely no meeting place for kids who meet under the flyover instead,” he said.

He said a piece of land between the village and the motorway, owned by the National Roads Authority, would be suitable site for a centre.

“The site has no commercial use,” he claimed at a Kildare County Council meeting.

While Johnstown will not expand at a speedy rate overnight, there is a fear it could develop like Sallins; but without facilities, said Cllr. Seamie Moore.

KCC Official Sonya Kavanagh said the NRA would consider an offer for the site but “they’d expect to be reimbursed – they won’t hand it over for free.”

However Cllr. Willie Callaghan said prices were much higher when the NRA bought the land and “they can’t expect us to pay over and above what it’s worth.”

He said the NRA should sell it at a reasonable price because it’s of no value to the NRA.

Cllr. Moore said the site should be donated by the NRA.

- Paul O’Meara