Slow progress on Dara Park, Newbridge, issues

Cautious Dara Park residents met with Kildare County Council recently to discuss a long list of issues affecting householders. The residents welcomed the meeting but warned that they ‘have been here before’.

Cautious Dara Park residents met with Kildare County Council recently to discuss a long list of issues affecting householders. The residents welcomed the meeting but warned that they ‘have been here before’.

The list includes ongoing problems with flooding, foul smelling odours, illegal dumping, anti-social behaviour, rejuvenation of green areas, footpath strengthening and other environmental issues.

The meeting held in the local resource centre was attended by representatives from the Roads, Water Services and Housing departments and was chaired by Cllr Fiona O’Loughlin. Cllr Micheal ‘Spike’ Nolan was also in attendance as well as three Dara Park residents Joe Burke, Ger Murphy and Jane Dominican.

“All parties expressed the desire to move forward in a positive vein and to endeavour to deal with the issues outstanding on a phased basis, subject to availability of funding.” said KCC spokesperson Annette Aspell.

“It was agreed that the coordinating group would meet again on 13 February 2013, but that, in the interim, there would be a series of on site meetings with a view to preparing a more detailed action plan.”

Dara Park spokesperson Joe Burke described the meeting as ‘positive’ but warned that the work won’t be done before Christmas.

“The smell is still here and this weather makes it worse,” he said.

“The sewer is a big problem and more work is required but we have been here before and too many promises have been broken.

“We live in hope. Kildare County Council are going to work with us to see what is required.”