Council moves to tackle Naas ‘illegal’ camps as complaints rise

Caravans near the roundabout on the Naas ring road.
A number of people living in caravans parked on roads around Naas have been served with legal notices demanding that they leave.

A number of people living in caravans parked on roads around Naas have been served with legal notices demanding that they leave.

Kildare County Council has issued the demands following complaints from councillors and members of the public about alleged anti social behaviour - claims denied by at least one man living on the Newbridge Road-Kilcullen Road section of the ring road.

Naas Town Manager Eamonn O’Sullivan told a county council meeting that “notices to vacate” had been issued and will be “enforced in full.”

Mr. O’Sullivan said the orders give those concerned pre-arranged amounts of time to leave.

Cllr. Willie Callaghan said some of the caravan occupiers have moved on to the footpaths recently which means that pedestrians have no room to pass without using the road.

“The paths must be in our control as well as the roads; people are fed up of this. It’s dragging on and on and the gardai should be got out to remove them,” Cllr. Callaghan said.

Cllr. Callaghan was among councillors who criticised senior council management for failing to ensure that an official attended the meeting to provide information about progress on the encampment issue. He accused the council of not cooperating with councillors.

He claimed that phone calls, emails and text messages from councillors to the council went unanswered.

He also said the council had not informed councillors about the powers available to the local authority “to remove people who are parked illegally on land which is in the ownership of a local authority.” According to council spokeswoman Annette Aspell the official had a prior engagement so was unable to attend but would be available for the following meeting.