Despair over nursing home refusal decision in Sallins

There is continuing fallout from the refusal to allow permission for a new nursing home at The Waterways in Sallins.

There is continuing fallout from the refusal to allow permission for a new nursing home at The Waterways in Sallins.

Sallins councillor Paddy McNamara says that money must be found to pay for the infrastructure to deal with water disposal issues there – because jobs could be created.

This was among the reasons why Kildare County Council decided not to give permission to convert part of The Waterways (which already had previous planning permission for a hotel) into a nursing home.

This decision was upheld by An Bord Pleanala, which also had some reservations about the suitability of the building.

“The bottom line is that An Bord upheld the council’s decision so it’s the end of the line. I understand that water attenuation needs to be addressed and I understand that the council needs to protect itself and An Bord Pleanala probably did the right thing but we do need jobs here,” Cllr. McNamara told the Leader.

He said the council will review the development plan for Sallins this year plans must be made to try to develop the site.

“We’re in a stalemate situation here. We don’t have the money to solve it and the most likely source is the Department of the Environment.”

KCC last week defended its decision as Cllr. McNamara sought an explanation and asked what the council was doing to promote job creation.

It said the means of escape from the proposed nursing home in the event of fire were inadequate and there were not enough disabled refuges (safe places where people who can’t use fire escapes can call for help and wait). KCC was also concerned about the water drainage network serving the development.

- Paul O’Meara