Leixlip’s River Forest residents seeks new entrance

The entrance to Riverdale, something like which is now being sought by the large River Forest estate residents.
RESIDENTS in Leixlip’s River Forest estate are seeking an improved entrance.

RESIDENTS in Leixlip’s River Forest estate are seeking an improved entrance.

Following the creation of a new approach to Riverdale on the Captain’s Hill, residents in what was once thought to be the county’s largest estate are now seeking something of their own.

At the meeting of Leixlip Town Council on 2 July.

A lively discussion took place when Cllr. Colm Purcell asked colleagues to agreed to ask Kildare County Council to spruce up the River Forest entrance.

“River Forest was once the biggest estate in Europe,” he said. “Residents feel that they have done a lot of heavy lifting in terms of work.”

Cllr. Purcell said they were “a bit annoyed” Riverdale got the face lift it did while River Forest was never approached. “I don’t think it would be hugely costly over a couple of years,” he added. “It needs something to give a bit of gravitas.

Cllr. Shane Fitzgerald said the residents association would need to say what they wanted.

Cllr. Bernard Caldwell thought fundiing would be unlikely now.: “A twenty to one chance.”

Cllr. Michael O’Brien asked why the developer was not asked to come up with a plan. “Somebody slipped up,” he said.

The new chairperson, Cllr. Teresa Byrne, said the area was supposedto be landscaped with the building of the library nearby but that did not happen. “A signature entrance,” said Cllr. Purcell

- Henry Bauress