Residents angry over road closure

RESIDENTS are on a collision course with Kildare County Council over plans to close a road connecting Caragh with Ladytown, outside Naas.

RESIDENTS are on a collision course with Kildare County Council over plans to close a road connecting Caragh with Ladytown, outside Naas.

The road is bisected by the dual carriageway connecting Naas with Newbridge and the plan is to shut the road which meets the Naas-bound section of carriageway.

Planning permission is not required; although KCC has placed public notices announcing full details of its intentions. Anybody with submissions or observations on the proposal is asked to provide these in writing by September 14.

Local resident and former councillor JJ Power condemned the move and said while the council refers to the project as a revised junction layout at Newhall Crossroads, it is in fact a plan to “permanently close Ladytown Cross, at the county council yard, thus preventing traffic from crossing the R445, (Naas/Newbridge Road), at Ladytown”.

He charged: “If officials had wanted to minimise local involvement they could not have picked a better time, with schools shut, people on holidays and no council meetings in August.”

He added Naas councillors have been told it will cost €500,000 to close a junction that is used by hundreds of people every day.

Instead it should be spent on a roundabout, he believes.

The project is funded by the National Roads Authority. KCC officials have pointed out it is a notoriously dangerous junction because vehicles emerging from minor roads have to negotiate up to four lanes of traffic travelling at much greater speeds.

- Paul O’Meara