ESB to be asked to move cables underground in Naas

Powerlines on Main Street, Naas.  Photo Tony Keane.
Electricity and phone cables should be buried in the ground to improve the appearance of Naas town centre.

Electricity and phone cables should be buried in the ground to improve the appearance of Naas town centre.

That’s according to a local councillor who wants to get the job started by selecting a small section of the town to start off with.

Cllr. Seamie Moore wants Poplar Square or part of the main street considered initially and he says that the undergrounding of cabling would enhance the appearance of the town as approached from the Dublin direction.

However neither Naas Town Council nor Kildare County Council is likely to do the work on the basis of cost.

Naas Town Clerk Ken Kavanagh described the task as a multi million euro project which will need the support of the utility companies, particularly the ESB. The council is aware that it may have to provide some funding an initial amount of €45,000 has been put aside.

Mr. Kavanagh acknowledged this is a “comparatively small provision” and added that the council does not have financial means to carry out the project - any more than it had in 2012 when Cllr. Moore first raised the issue.

Cllr. Moore told a NTC meeting that the work came with a price tag of €6m-€7m. originally but he said project costs have come down since then.

He said undergrounding the wires in one part of the town would be a first step towards doing it throughout the town.

“It’s not a huge area and I hope we could do a section,” he said.

Cllr. Pat Clear said overhead cables have been criticised in Tidy Towns reports and Cllr. Rioghnagh Bracken said the council should find out the cost of similar work done elsewhere. Town Engineer David Reel said the ESB would ultimately decide whether this will be done.