HGV torment for Kildare town locals

Residents living near the Kildare Enterprise Centre are being plagued by HGVs running their engines into the early hours of the morning.

Residents living near the Kildare Enterprise Centre are being plagued by HGVs running their engines into the early hours of the morning.

One Melitta Park resident declared; “I have no problem with businesses operating from the Enterprise Centre and I would like to see them do well, but I do have a problem with one company who have HGVs coming in at all hours of the night keeping the residents awake.

“The HGVs start coming in on a Friday afternoon and there could be a queue of 12 or 15 of them going into the Enterprise Park up to 2am in the morning. They have to keep their engines on because of the refrigeration.”

The resident also criticised the grounds of the enterprise centre and the road frontage which has long grass growing around large boulders.

“This is the worst entrance into Kildare town, it looks awful,” he remarked.

Concerns were also expressed about whether Melitta Road will be able to support traffic from the two new schools, which are being planned for Magee Barracks. The resident stressed he had no problem with the schools but the proper infrastructure had to be put in place to meet traffic needs. The fact that the sli na slainte footpath abruptly ends before the Curragh Plains was also pointed out. A council spokesperson said the residents can make submissions about their concerns on the planning file.

The council explained the original tenant of the centre unit, Crossdock Kilkenny Limited, was issued with an Enforcement Notice in April but it subsequently ceased operating there. A warning letter was issued in July to the new company, Chill Mhaintain Iompar Teoranta Ltd. The council said the investigation was ongoing. However, when contacted by the Leader, Cill Mhantain said it had ceased operating at the centre. Auctioneer, John Conway confirmed the company was no longer there but declined to say who was currently operating the unit. He did say work would be carried out on the road verge.

- Niamh O’DOnoghue