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Town Council question proposed new location for skateboard park

Youth Action Newbridge protest  outside Kildare County Council chambers prior to vote on Amendment 12.

Youth Action Newbridge protest outside Kildare County Council chambers prior to vote on Amendment 12.

Concerns were raised at this months town council meeting about the proposed new location on Station Road for a skateboard park and acompanying youth facilties for Newbridge.

Kildare County Council’s proposal for the new site beside the VEC school on Station Road was described as something to be welcomed if it is a ‘genuine offer’ as opposed to something that was ‘drawn up in a few hours’.

“I proposed that the council rezone half an acre of lands at the Machinery Yard,” said Cllr Fiona O’Loughlin,

“I was hopeful that this would be passed but unfortunately we lost by one vote on the day. A site was proposed by the council beside the vocational school subject to approval. It seems the football pitch will be impacted and there may be issues with accessibilty. It is important to persue this but not at the expense of the atlethic club.”

Cllr Willie Hamilton welcomed the feedback as positive that KCC had now identifed a site.

“Progess has been made at long last,” he said.

Cllr Damian Molyneaux said that he hoped it was a ‘genuine offer’ adding that ‘drawings can be drawn up in a few hours’.

Cllr O’Loughlin noted that the VEC offered the site for the skateboard park two years ago but that KCC had deemed it unsuitable at that time.

“They have re-entered it again and so be it,” she said adding that there was also the possibilty of nine other sites including one at Ryston.

“We should persure the Ryston site,” she added.

Cllr Murty Aspell said the site in Ryston was calling out for community usage.

“It is a sickening cesspit of water and it is lying idol,” he said.

“How we haven’t had a tragedy up there. It is good that it might be used for something else up there such as community use.”

 

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