Kildare County Council has moved to reassure residents in St. Patrick’s Park, Rathangan on foot of concerns raised by some of the householders.
The statement from the project team was issued after residents raised concerns that they would be forced out of their homes. In an update on the plans for the regeneration, it said; “Any concerns which the residents might have at any stage of this whole planning process can be discussed in person or at any further briefings with Kildare County Council. Matters arising such as proposed demolition, remedial works and possible temporary vacating of properties will all require detailed planning and discussion. Kildare County Council will address those matters as the project progresses and with the general support from residents.”
It said the initial priority was to clean up substantial household waste from the estate and the adjoining field and put up a new high security boundary fence.
“The adjacent field to St. Patrick’s Park, Rathangan, is a continuing source of concern particularly due to the very substantial illegal dumping of waste that has occurred and the repeated vandalism to the newly installed boundary fence, all which constitutes anti-social behaviour.
“As part of the standard management of lands, the Kildare County Council Housing Section are currently reviewing these issues and the use and maintenance of this field is part of that review,” it said.
It said it will soon be employing a contractor to knock down the three single storey vandalised vacant units in the heart of the estate. As part of those works, it is planned to create some small green spaces for short term use and to improve the appearance of the estate.
“Residents have been very supportive of the plans for both the remedial works and regeneration project,” it said.
It said the next item on the agenda was the detailed design. It said it would have to carry out all the necessary technical studies before this can be done.
“There is no doubt but it will be later in 2013 when the council expects to bring forward what the final proposal will look like. It may also be appropriate in terms of advancing works, that the council be asked to approve phased demolition as housing units become available as part of a series of Part 8 approvals for early demolitions. Kildare County Council will continue to keep all informed of progress throughout the project.”
It said the consultations and discussions had been “very informative.” It said further clinic days and newsletters will be organised both for the residents and the wider community to keep everyone informed on a regular basis.
“In general it seems that most see this as a great opportunity, to start afresh, with a new beginning, and in doing that, address the many concerns that residents have voiced continuously over the years - for example - poor layout in part of the estate that results in poor passive surveillance and allows anti-social behaviour to happen unseen (such as illegal dumping, vandalism to property etc) and risk to security of property as a result of vulnerable exposed rear garden walls accessible from rear access roads,” added the council.