Utility firms attacked for digging up Naas street

UTILITY companies providing services such as gas and telecoms providers face hefty financial penalties if they fail to properly restore the Main Street in Naas in future.

UTILITY companies providing services such as gas and telecoms providers face hefty financial penalties if they fail to properly restore the Main Street in Naas in future.

The street has recently been upgraded for the first time in 30 years and there are fears that the service providers might need to carry out works shortly.

The companies were contacted before the Kildare County Council project started and urged to do any upcoming work in advance.

Naas Town Engineer David Reel said any future road repairs should entail taking our a section of the street and replacing it entirely - rather than repairing a small piece of the surface.

Mr. Reel told a Naas Town Council meeting: “All we could do is advise the companies to do whatever work they could in advance, pointing out that we were resurfacing the Main Street.”

He also said that the companies would return because of the need to upgrade work or provide new connections.

“It’s outside our control,” he said.

The companies were attacked by Cllr. Rioghnagh Bracken who claimed that they contributed to damage on the street and she predicted some would be back to dig it up “in two years.”

From now on utility providers will be required to pay a bond to the local authority before work starts.

If the street is not properly restored some or all of this bond will be used by the council.

“We are in a far stronger position to insist that that street is replaced in sections than up to now. The bonds will not be small and will depend on the size of the job,” said Town Manager Eamonn O’Sullivan.

- Paul O’Meara