Youth Action Newbridge have slammed Kildare County Council’s recent decision not to zone part of a prime town centre location for a new skateboard park and youth facilties despite allowing a 1300 ton salt barn on the site writes Paula Campbell.
Campaign efforts to build a skateboard park and youth facilites at the Machinery Yard in Newbridge were dashed on Monday, December 23 last when Kildare County Councillors voted against zoning the land.
It was proposed by Councillor Fiona O’Loughlin and seconded by Councillor Michael ‘Spike’ Nolan, however the motion was defeated by 7-6 votes with most Councillors abstaining from the vote. Instead a new site for the proposed skateboard park was proposed on VEC owned land on Station Road and councillors were urged to vote against the Machinery Yard rezoning in favour of the better location.
A statment released last week from YAN slammed the no decision and accused councillors who voted no or abstained from voting as ‘putting their own bruised egos before the needs of young people in Newbridge’.
“It is now vital that all youth groups, local and County Councillors keep a watchful eye,” the statement reads, “to see that the proposal of the site on the Station Road was not just a bogus last minute and desperate proposal meant to stop Councillors for voting for Amendment 12 but a real and genuine proposal from the KCC planning executive to once and for all provide a site for a skatepark and youth services for the people of Newbridge -37 percent of whom are under the age of 25. The issue of a youth facilities in Newbridge got shafted as certain County Councillors put their own bruised egos before the needs of young people.”