Naas’ De Burgh gardens opening on hold

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GARDENS handed over to the community in Naas will not be open to the public in the foreseeable future.

GARDENS handed over to the community in Naas will not be open to the public in the foreseeable future.

The 21 acres of gardens are located within the De Burgh estate, off the Sallins Road.

However a considerable amount of money will need to be spent to make the area suitable for visitors and walkers.

Naas Town Council (NTC) once had a budget for this kind of work but this money is no longer available.

Cllr. Seamie Moore told a recent NTC meeting that he was “disappointed” that there had been little progress.

“There was €1m. available but it is gone and there is not a bob left.

“We have done research and studies on the gardens but the work won’t be done before 2016 at least,” said Cllr. Moore.

Cllr. Moore suggested that County Kildare Leader funding might be used to open the gardens to the public.

Town Manager Eamonn O’Sullivan said full ownership has not yet been transferred to the local authority but he said the scale of the project requires considerable investment.

He said the council would work with other bodies like the National Parks and Wildlife Service if possible but NTC does not have the money needed to complete the job.

“The importance of the De Burgh estate is recognised but the scale and complexity of the project means it will take many years to complete,” said Mr. O’Sullivan.