No cash in pot to fix Naas footpaths

FOOTPATHS, roads and road markings need to be repaired around Naas “as a matter of urgency”.

FOOTPATHS, roads and road markings need to be repaired around Naas “as a matter of urgency”.

The deteriorating condition of surfaces, white lines and junction boxes will cause an accident, predicted Cllr. Rioghnagh Bracken.

She highlighted areas like New Row and Old Caragh Road in the town and said roads and footpaths outside St. Mary’s College and the convent national school (Sallins Road) must be upgraded.

“If you go to Ballymore or Punchestwon you will see the roads are perfect; it needs to be sorted out in Naas,” she added.

Town clerk Ken Kavanagh said temporary road footpath repairs were done outside the schools previously.

He also said that a number of similar requests for road and footpath maintenance have been made to the council “and we have been advised that there is a lack of funds to carry out such work”.

Meanwhile Kildare County Council (which has responsibility for the work) agrees that road markings in Naas need to be relined but “there is no funding in this year’s budget allocations to carry out this work.”

Naas Town Council is to request KCC to make the money available in 2013.

Cllr. Darren Scully said that KCC don’t have the money for the work.

“The pot is empty,” he said, adding that the council also said it is reluctant to put down road markings and then have them damaged by spreading salt during winter months to combat frost.

He said all roads in the Naas area should be the responsibility of Naas Town Counci.