New community centre for Naas

Site at Monread for the proposed community centre.               Photo Tony Keane.
A new community centre is to be built off Monread Road in Naas, close to Healy’s tyre and service centre.

A new community centre is to be built off Monread Road in Naas, close to Healy’s tyre and service centre.

It’s estimated that the building will cost n500,000. The project will be funded by Arrow/Queally Group as a community facility in return for an agreed land rezoning decision over a decade ago.

Members of Naas Town Council last week approved the proposal for the community centre amid clashes about what the completed centre may be 
used for.

Kildare County Council official John Lahart said the centre will be a community hall and cannot be used for sporting and leisure purposes

He said any attempt to have sports played in the centre would amount to an unauthorised use.

“A sports and leisure complex is not allowed here under the Town Development Plan,” he told a Naas Town Council meeting.

He urged the councillors to proceed with the plan and said details about specific uses did not have to be considered now.

However Cllr. Rioghnagh Bracken said she had hoped that groups like the cycling club could use the centre.

Cllr. Ger Dunne said the councillors should be provided with a list of what activities would be permitted there. He said snooker, darts and bowling should be regarded as recreational activities.

Cllr. Darren Scully said that activities such as indoor bowls or darts should be permitted because these amount to hobbies as opposed to competitive sports.

“What is defined as a sport? To me, badminton is a sport but bowling is not, “ said Cllr. Scully.

Cllr. Seamie Moore also came out against rigid interpretations of what is a recreational activity.

“This is a community and recreational centre; we’re not talking about entering sports championships,” he said.