Development stall fears at Poplar Square, Naas

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Conor McHugh

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Development stall fears at Poplar Square, Naas

Poplar Square, Naas. Photo: Tony Keane

There are fears that plans for the redevelopment of the Poplar Square and Dublin Road section of
Naas have stalled.

Proposals produced more than a year ago got approval and welcome from councillors and local tidy towns activists.

It’s now been 13 months since the Part 8 Public Consultation process ended and a report from that process has thus far, not been forthcoming.

In response to a Leinster Leader query, a spokesperson for Kildare County Council explained that the Public Consultation element of the Part 8 process had generated 53 submissions from the public.

“The Chief Executive’s Report on the public consultation is on the agenda for the of the Naas Municipal District meeting to be held in April,” the spokesperson explained.

Known as the Dublin Road Corridor Project the initiative focuses on the entire route from Poplar Square within the town, all the way to the roundabout at the Maudlins.

The aim of the project is to provide “safe and attractive infrastructure to encourage greater use of sustainable travel modes for trips to work, education, and for recreation,” a report by consultants explained when the project was first mooted.

Specifically it will improve facilities for pedestrians and cyclists as well as improving bus facilities.

The project also hopes to improve the junctions where the Dublin Road intersects with other roads such as Wolfe Tone Street, the Blessington Road and estates such as the Gallops and Roseville.

The plans, which will see extensive cycling facilities running the length of the Dublin Road, has been broadly welcomed by campaigners for greater cycling infrastructure.

However it has been criticised by North Kildare Chamber who, in a submission, note that “the loss of 16 car park spaces in Poplar Square is not acceptable.

“The potential loss of car parking spaces will further hamper business growth in the area,” they claim.

While the Chamber welcomes the aspiration to develop “Naas as a model town”, they note that several of the town’s roads are in planning presently and with proposed road widening, interchanges and road traffic disturbances over the forthcoming years, the proposed Dublin Road Corridor Naas should not be voted on by our elected councillors until the Northern Section, Blessington Road to Naas Road, of the Inner Relief Road is completed,” they said, in a statement last February.