The planned by-pass of Sallins is set to rejuvenate the village which has been beset by traffic congestion, inadequate social and sporting outlets and the absence of a village centre.
Sallins Community Council has come up with tentative plans for a new village centre design, which will include a canal boardwalk feature.
“The design is new, will give Sallins a focal point and also includes a village square. We hope to meet with Kildare County Council planners to see if they will take it on board,” said SCC secretary Tony Gavin.
The plan has not yet been costed but it’s been widely welcomed locally. However it needs county council support to proceed. The SCC has met with groups like the business association and the Tidy Towns committee and all support their plan.
“The by-pass will be massive for Sallins, chiefly because it will take the traffic away from the village. At the moment Sallins is a total traffic blackspot and it’s dangerous for pedestrians especially when pupils are walking to school,” added Mr. Gavin.
Residents point to the dangers of crossing the canal bridge because of the narrow width of the footpath. There is also concern about the undeveloped condition of the former meat processing plant and the unoccupied developments elsewhjere.
The by-pass route is pretty much along the lines of what the residents wanted to see constructed. Fergus Carpenter, SCC chairperson, said residents had been sceptical about whether it would ever go ahead, “because it has been promised for so long.” He added: “Construction should commence in ‘16, after the environmental impact study process has been completed. We urge KCC to stick to this and look forward to the day when daily traffic jams through are a distant memory.”