A Newbridge Councillor has launched a new online campaign, #newbridgeyouth, to raise awareness of the demand for a youth facility for the 37% of young people under the age of 24 living in Newbridge.
Cllr Fiona McLoughlin Healy (FG) is inviting young people of Newbridge to show their councillors and the Kildare County Council administration the demand for youth facilities by posting ideas for the future use of the Town Hall on Facebook and Twitter, using the hashtag #newbridgeyouth.
Some 6,000sq foot of prefab units donated by Pfizer for use as a youth facility years ago have been lying idle on the NAMA owned site beside Newbridge Silverware.
Youth organisers are waiting for Kildare County Council to go through the planning process on the ETBI St Conleth’s site on the Station Road, where it is planned that the units will be placed.
The site is not without its problems and won’t be for the units by the end of the year. The receivers of the site are insisting that the units must be removed before it puts the site up for sale by the end of the year.
“Newbridge Community development will consider selling the units to assist in the delivery of the Town Hall as a permanent location,” she added. “I am optimistic that the Council is open to considering the Town Hall as an appropriate youth facility once we produce a viable business plan,” she said.
“This is why I am launching the #Newbridgeyouth campaign. Tweet your visions or participate on-line”
“By the time someone has paid to move the units to another temporary location where they may not be usable and then relocated again , the costs could be better spent on a more permanent solution,” she addded.