Bord appeal on Celbridge health centre plan

Paddy O'Hora, MCOH Architects; Sean Ashe, CEO Kildare VEC; Mary Lonergan, Principal, St. Conleths Community College; Ross McNamara, MCOH Architects, Cllr. Paddy Kennedy, Chairman, Kildare VEC and Sean � Fearghail TD; at the the contract signing for the appointment of contractors for the new Newbridge Primary Care and Sports Facility at St. Conleths Community College.     Photo �Tony Keane.
A number of objections have been made to Bord Pleanala against a planned primary health care centre on the Maynooth road in Celbridge.

A number of objections have been made to Bord Pleanala against a planned primary health care centre on the Maynooth road in Celbridge.

Celbridge Tidy Town Association and the planning group, Celbridge Action Alliance have said the appeals board they remain opposed to the development beside Lidl,

The Alliance supports a new health care centre but not at that location. Previously a location near Aldi was suggested.

Local GP, Dr. Gerry Waters said the new centre will be a waste of money, and will overlook his garden. Kildare County Council, who granted permission to Clarington Primary Care stand to receive a levy of €258,075.

Concerns remain over the environment around the town’s Famine graveyard and the positioning of a three storey building.

Dr. Waters said the proposed three storey building would overlook his garden and was out of proportion to other buildings in the area.

Dr. Waters, who declared his professional interest, also said there was no need for an additional health centre in the area. He pointed to the Whitethorn Clinic, which is located nearby, and opposite to Tesco.

“A total and disgraceful waste of money,” was how the GP described the project initially. He predicted it would become “a white element” and would not reach capacity. “It is an embarrassment to the HSE,” he said.