Leixlip considers community council option

The Leixlip Amenities Centre in Leixlip, on which the third phase of a master plan has just begun.
LEIXLIP Town Council moved towards the creation of a community council which would follow their abolition next year, writes Henry Bauress.

LEIXLIP Town Council moved towards the creation of a community council which would follow their abolition next year, writes Henry Bauress.

Last week, they were told that so far at least five other towns with town councils are considering a community council.

Town Councillors are very unhappy with legislation putting them out of existence and there is concern that the town will lose its focus after the new local democracy arrangement come into place next summer.

At their monthly meeting on 3 September, Muintir na Tire Director of Services, James O’Neill, outlined the type of organisation an unpaid volunteer community council might look like.

Mr. O’Neill said that while Muintir linked council’s were mainly rural there were some in urban areas such as Donabate and Skerries in Dublin and Clifden in Galway.

There are three in Kildare but Maynooth and Celbridge Community Council’s are not linked to Muintir na Tire.

A new council which would be elected by voters using theRegister of Electors.

- Henry Bauress