Castletown fence plans dropped

Castletown Residents Association has welcomed a decision by Kildare County Council to abandon plans to erect a fence on the Castletown estate in Celbridge.

Castletown Residents Association has welcomed a decision by Kildare County Council to abandon plans to erect a fence on the Castletown estate in Celbridge.

The fence was intended to restrict access to woodlands between the estate and the historic house. The OPW, which administers the historic house and Kildare County Council believed that the fence was necessary to protect the scenic demesne from dumping, damage to trees and the vandalism and anti-social behavour that has become a problem there.

The move was opposed by local residents on the grounds of that it would probably be ineffective in terms of its aim, and that it would block them from accessing a portion of woodland area which is a public open space.

The issue caused considerable debate at a meeting of Kildare County Council last Monday, October 24, where a Part 8 process, which was recommended by Council officials, and which is required by law to enable the OPW to build the fence, was opposed by county councillors.

While some opposed the erection of the fence entirely, Cllr Senan Griffin noted that the State, through the OPW had spent vast sums of money on the Castletown estate.

He proposed postponing a decision for a number of weeks to see if compromise could be reached.

However following a vote, the councillors opted to simply refuse the Part 8 application.

Speaking on behalf of thee Castletown Residents Association, Vinnie Monaghan thanked “all the supporters who worked hard on this issue over last year.