Call to open up old Naas alleys

EFFORTS should be made to re-open or preserve a number of old walkways which offer a right of way for people living in Naas.

EFFORTS should be made to re-open or preserve a number of old walkways which offer a right of way for people living in Naas.

According to town councillor Seamie Moore, up to eight old rights of way, which provided shortcut routes, have been effectively closed to local use – some for a long time.

He now wants Naas Town Council to investigate the ownership of properties adjacent to the area known locally as The Alley, which runs behind New Row, connecting the Fairgreen with Rathasker Road.Cllr. Moore said this should clarify if a right of way exists.

He said the town council constructed a walkway along most of the route but this was not completed.

“This would indicate the council believes it owns the property and if so the council should lay claim to and preserve it for public use. Otherwise there is a risk that if these areas are not used frequently, they are gradually taken over by local businesses, sometimes using them as storage areas,” Cllr. Moore told the Leader.

Some of the walkways date back to ancient times when Naas was a walled town. The town council says efforts to establish ownership of the lane were inconclusive.