LEIXLIP Town Council is planning to upgrade the town’s main street public car park as a memorial to Guinness founder, Arthur Guinness.
Celbridge-born Arthur started his brewing career in Leixlip and, despite reservations by some councillors, the Town Council is to spend €35,000 on the car park, following a a proposal by the Town Improvements sub-committee.
It will involve resurfacing the car park, removing the cobblelock path, replacing bollards at the end of the car park with a railing, the replacement of three lights with the same lights as in the Main Street, putting up signage and naming the area, which has no name currently, as Arthur Guinness Square.
The move was agreed in public session at the Town Council’s 3 July meeting but the Leinster Leader understands the matter was discussed extensively behind closed doors or in camera at a protocol meeting before the public meeting began.
Cllr. Anthony Larkin said that the Town Council has been working on the plan since March.
Cllr. Colm Purcell said he had reservations about it.
One argument is that Kildare County Council should pay for the work on its car park and the Town Council could spend the money on the path along the river.
But Cllr. Larkin said the Town Council may not be in existence in two years time.
Cllr. Denis McCarthy said they wanted to have the work done and the area named after Arthur Guinness by the next Arthur Guinness day in late September.
With all the talk of the Guinness history, there remains a slim possibility that the famous brew could be made in Leixlip sometime in the future.
In January 2012, Diageo, owner of the brand, said it will maintain an option on buying a site at Leixlip but that building anything on the site was not an option for the moment.
- Henry Buaress