TOO much public money is being spent on expensive projects that might never come to fruition and not enough is available to carry out basic repairs to roads in the Naas area.
Local councillors were given a list of projects for which money has been provided this year.
Cllr. Darren Scully highlighted two – a bus hub on the main street of Naas incorporating bus stopping areas, shelters, “real time” information signs, seating, planting, cycle stands and paving and a review of the Sallins Road and Dublin Road incorporating new cycle lanes.
The amounts allocated for both of these totalled E390,000 – and that’s just for this year.
Cllr. Seamie Moore complained this is being done while demands for a junction box outside Roseville, Dublin Road are ignored.
He said the box is needed to allow access to the estate because traffic is backed up along Dublin Road since traffic lights were installed outside The Paddocks estate.
Both the National Transport Authority and the National Roads Authority were attacked by Cllr. Willie Callaghan, who again criticised several of their projects.
“Some of the work done is a complete waste of money. The people who decide these are not meeting the people who live in this area” Cllr. Callaghan added.
He also criticised another project to close off a small road at Newhall because some residents are opposed to the idea.
Many of the projects are financed by the NTA or the NRA and the money does not come from county council funds.
- Paul O’Meara