Public consultation needed on dangerous Naas junction

LOCAL people should be asked about any planned changes to arguably the most dangerous section of road in Naas town centre.

LOCAL people should be asked about any planned changes to arguably the most dangerous section of road in Naas town centre.

Any redesign of the street between Murtagh’s Corner and Fairgreen should not go ahead unless members of the public have a say in what is to happen.

Cllr. Seamie Moore told a Kildare County Council area meeting last week that he has received complaints from people about safety in the area.

He recalled that a fatal road accident occurred in the vicinity last August. “There is a bit of unrest as a result of that accident. I believe that traffic calming measures are needed and I think we should seek the views of people who have expressed concern,” Cllr. Moore added.

Cllr. Moore and others, including Naas Mayor Cllr. Willie Callaghan have previously attacked the redesign of the Ballymore Road-Kilcullen Road junction in the same area as an unnecessary project which the councillors were not fully consulted about.

Cllr. Moore said that while he was not criticising county council staff, “there are times when some of the work done would make you wonder”.

He said the left hand lane outside Eurospar heading towards the Ballymore Raod junction had been closed off and “no signage was put up to indicate this”.

Cllr. Callaghan said it would have been a good idea to consult the public before some previous jobs were undertaken.

Questioning the need for the council to recruit and pay outside consultants for these kind of projects, Cllr .Callaghan asked: “Why do we need consultants to tell us what people know ?”

Cllr. Callaghan referred to the junction: “The Fairgreen is a total fiasco and the work was done without any consultation with the people or the councillors.”

Naas Town Manager Eamonn O’Sullivan said it was not possible to have a consultation period “in advance” but this could be done after the consultants have made draft recommendations.