Council says no to overnight post box at headquarters

Kildare County Council offices.
Kildare County Council is resisting pressure to open an overnight post box at its offices in Naas to facilitate people after closing time.

Kildare County Council is resisting pressure to open an overnight post box at its offices in Naas to facilitate people after closing time.

This effectively means that there is nowhere documents can be left for collection before the offices open or after 5pm.

Naas councillor Seamie Moore said, at a recent Naas Town Council meeting, that while there is a post box located outside the main front door at Aras Chill Dara it should be repositioned to a more suitable place “where it is accessible at weekends and after work.”

“If it’s not possible to reach this box because the gates are locked it should be attached to the railing; there is no sense in having it in a locked area,” he told a KCC meeting.

KCC official Noel Gorman said a post box positioned outside the ground is exposed to vandalism ”particularly as we are located beside a nightclub.” He said there is access to the existing box between 6am and 8.30pm.

“I would be against the idea of moving it outside the grounds as we could not be responsible for items left into it over the weekend,” he said.

Council spokeswoman Annette Aspell said vandalism had occurred previously and time constraints apply to some items which might be left there, especially planning documents. Cllr. Moore insisted it should be possible to put something into a box from outside.

Cllr. Willie Callaghan said it was very unfair to highlight the nightclub. “We are 900 metres away from the venue and this is very, very unfair; it is only an excuse by the council,” he said, adding that there are CCTV cameras in the area, covering the entrance and recycling bins. He also said it would be possible to indicate that planning notices would not be accepted.

“This is 2013 but it’s like we’re going back to the Stone Age,” he added.