Craddockstown Pedestrians and motorists at risk because of overgrown ditch

James Lawless.
OVERGROWN vegetation is creating a risk for people using the Craddockstown Road in Naas. The road is on the fringe of the town.

OVERGROWN vegetation is creating a risk for people using the Craddockstown Road in Naas. The road is on the fringe of the town.

And it’s the location for both a nursing home and a creche.

Fianna Fáil’s Naas area representative James Lawless says numerous people have raised serious concerns about visibility along the road, which is also home for a number of local people (although it is not densely populated).

“The road is narrow at the best of times and is very overgrown at present which is causing a serious difficulty for many parents leaving their children to the crèche, many of whom walk out with buggies due to the proximity to the town” said Mr. Lawless.

He added: “It is also a very popular road for local walkers.”

He stated the verge is higher than the average person and protrudes substantially into the roadway which it makes it very difficult to see what is coming around the corner - both for pedestrians and for road users.

“There is also significant traffic on the road at times such as the Punchestown Festival and the upcoming Oxegen festival. There is no footpath on this road either which all combines to create a hazardous situation,” he added.

“The road safety section of the council have been contacted and said it was outside their scope, it is essential that the roads department would now get involved and even a slight trimming would help allay this situation which will otherwise remain all summer,” he said.

There are some restrictions governing the cutting of hedges during the Summer months.

The Irish Farmers Association has called for some of these regulations to be eased or lifted altogethr and Mr. Lawless said this should be done to allow for overgrown ditches to be trimmed back.