No suitable alternative route if walkway is closed, say Newbridge residents

A number of concerned residents attended a meeting on Monday night last, June 17, to object against the proposed closure of a local walkway.

A number of concerned residents attended a meeting on Monday night last, June 17, to object against the proposed closure of a local walkway.

Around 25 residents of Millfield Manor and Curragh Grange met with Cllr Paddy Kennedy to air their objections to the proposed closure of the walkway at Moore Avenue, due to anti-social behaviour concerns by residents living in that estate.

Their objections against the closure included safety concerns and the “hardship imposed on people without any other means of transport” to get into town as there is no public transport serving Millfield Manor.

According to the submissions made by the residents under the banner of Goodwill Housing, the alternative route into town from Millfield to Moorefield road is a distance of 2.1km compared to a mere 392m using the walkway.

“The roadway is unopened,” reads the submission. “It is not only unopened, it is not built as yet. It is not safer it goes through a badly lit industrial estate and there is no public lighting from The Hawthorns, through waste land to the industrial Estate, a distance of 277m. There is little traffic through the industrial estate after working hours.”

An oral hearing was held on May 31 last which also heard the views of the proposing residents of nearby Moore Avenue.

“The residents say it is a safer walkway than the other way,” said Cllr Kennedy. ”They say they would like to talk to the residents of Moore Avenue. It is three times longer to walk and they feel it could be dangerous at night time.”

A written report from the Inspector will go before the council in September before a decision can be made.

Meanwhile, the residents have indicated they want to meet the Kildare Area Committee on the issue.

- Paula Campbell