Kildare County Council’s recommendation to close the public walkway between Moore Avenue and Millfield was accepted at this month’s Kildare Area Meeting.
The pedestrian access, or right of way, located on the boundary of Moore Avenue, provides access to Millfield, and Curragh Grange residential estates, was deemed in the Inspectors Report to be sub-standard, unlit and unsuitable.
The meeting heard that the walkway, which surfaced about six years ago, is not an approved walkway and did not form part of the original planning permission granted on December 5 1994.
The majority residents of Moore Avenue, Newbridge were in favour of the extinguishment of the walkway right of way due to numerous complaints in relation to anti-social behaviour attributed to the pedestrian walkway. Garda had to be called on several occaisions and they also objected to the noise levels and dumping of litter in and around the walkway.
The residents who opposed of the walkway, under the banner of Goodwill Housing Co-operative Society Ltd. as well as residents of Millfield and Curragh Grange, objected however on the grounds that it is in constant use and is the shortest convenient route to bus stop and shops. The alternative route of the link road through the industrial estate was deemed by them to be unsuitable and distance wise, too far away. These residents also claimed that they were unaware of anti-social behaviour or vandalism in the walkway or environs. The council, who recieved a solictor’s letter from Goodwill referring to the possibility of a judicial review if the members resolve to extinguish the public right of way. are now getting legal advice on the issue.
A stay will be put on the closure pending the completion of the link road.