Sallins Canal facilities to be upgraded

BOATING enthusiasts using the Grand Canal at Naas and Sallins are to have facilities improved.

BOATING enthusiasts using the Grand Canal at Naas and Sallins are to have facilities improved.

It’s intended to develop a 210 metre long mooring facility in the centre of Sallins village which can accommodate a dozen boats. The timber houseboat mooring facility will have bollards providing electricity and water, along with a 45 metre long short-term mooring facility.

Also in Sallins, car parking bays for 12 vehicles are to be provided as well as a disabled pathway access.

It is also planned to have a sewage pump out facility to the west of the canal road bridge.

In Naas, a new slipway will be built on the Naas-Corbally branch of the canal upstream of Jigginstown Bridge and on the site of the Naas Sports Centre.

Access to this will be via the sports centre road infrastructure with a turning and parking area provided. A 30 metre mooring facility will be built as well as a facilities to bring canoes to the waterway via a 15 metre “canoe step”.

Waterways Ireland has applied for permission for both projects from Kildare County Council and Naas Town Council. If planning permission is forthcoming – as is likely given the councils’ desire to provide amenities for the public – it is envisaged that work will take place between November and March 2013.

A spokesperson for Waterways Ireland told the Leader that the cost of the project was unavailable because the tender process can only commence after planning permission has been received.