E50k works start at Newbridge estate

A group of Dara Park residents who spoke in the past to the Leinster Leader about problems in their estate Pic Michael Donnelly
Repair works to tackle footpaths, sewage and flooding issues spanning in parts over 30 years in Dara Park in Newbridge have begun at an estimated cost of €50,000 to Kidlare County Council.

Repair works to tackle footpaths, sewage and flooding issues spanning in parts over 30 years in Dara Park in Newbridge have begun at an estimated cost of €50,000 to Kidlare County Council.

The residents, whose longstanding issues with foul odours, poor footpaths and flooding in the estate were covered in detail by a series of articles in the Leinster Leader, campaigned tirelessly for the works through a series of meetings with Kildare County Council.

“The road maintenance crew started works in Dara Park on Monday April 8 focusing mainly on repairs to defective pavement and footpaths,” said spokesperson for Kildare County Council Anette Aspell.

“It is expected that the crew will be working in the area for three to four weeks repairing footpaths. The cost of the works is estimated at €50,000.”

Resident and campaigner Joe Burke welcomed the programme of the works for Dara Park but added that they had waited ‘30 years’ for it. Meanwhile the council has welcomed local input into works that are being carried out jointly by Dara Park residents and council staff.

This work involves the Council removing old paving slabs from public areas in Dara Park and providing top soil,” she added.

“Local residents are then levelling the top soil and seeding in the areas where the slabs have been removed. “The council very much welcomes this partnership approach as reduced budgets and staffing resources have limited the Council’s capacity to carry out this type of work.”

Other works planned subject to funding include improving parking for the area. And KCC’s Water Services Operations commenced a survey of the public waste water sewerage system at the northern end of the estate last week.

“This work will accommodate an assessment of what improvement works are required, and the approximate costs envisaged,” she added.