Newbridge residents fed up council “fob off”

The chairperson of a local housing estate in Newbridge is fed up with being “fobbed off” by Kildare County Council over an issue which is on-going since January 2011 at the front of the estate.

The chairperson of a local housing estate in Newbridge is fed up with being “fobbed off” by Kildare County Council over an issue which is on-going since January 2011 at the front of the estate.

Martin Murphy from Kilbelin housing estate claims he has been on to the council to fix a disturbance in the front of the estate caused when the council was laying down a new path to St Conleth’s Cemetery a year and a half ago.

“It is in the front of our estate on the road to the grave yard,” he said. “We had a path there but the council put in a new one in January, 2011. They took up the front of the estate and disturb it but never came back to put it right again.”

The estate, which is a private one, has 122 houses and, according to Mr Murphy, this is a big issue with the residents.

“The path is for people visiting the cemetery,” he said. “We never had a problem with that but we have been contacting the council for the past year and a half and each time we are fobbed off and told ‘when the weather gets better’. We have had good weather since last January 2011. We are all feeling the same - fed up and fobbed off.”

A spokesperson for the council, Annette Aspell confirmed that some landscaping works remain to be addressed which will be carried out in the coming weeks, subject to resources being available.

“The footpath works were carried out from National Transport Authority [NTA] funding,” she told the Leinster Leader.

“The works related to problems being experienced by residents in the area, in particular Kilbelin estate.

During wet weather the previous footpath would become flooded and in turn inaccessible to pedestrians.

“The council relocated the footpath which alleviated the flooding issue and has made the footpath accessible at all times.

“Some landscaping works remain to be addressed. This work will be carried out by the Council’s road crew and they will endeavour to complete this work in the coming weeks, subject to resources being available.”