Local residents gathered for the Discussion Meeting on the proposed development of the former barracks
There was a good turn out at Monday night's meeting in Kildare town about the Magee Barracks development.
Organised by Cllr Suzanne Doyle the meeting was held in Aras Bhride on Monday, April 24 at 8.30pm.
According to Cllr Doyle there were some very clear messages presented at the meeting that she will bring to Council for their submission.
The key issues that arose included a break down of the proposed community facilities,a traffic management plan, boundaries and set backs, sustainable development, school places, and job creation.
“On foot of meeting it was agreed to crowd fund a professional submission, on behalf of those present, to Bord Pleanála," said Cllr Doyle.
“Teresa Harrington is setting up a funding page and Tom McCutcheon in Heritage Centre is accepting and receipting donations.
If 125 people give an average of €20 each we should cover costs."
It was agreed that a report for the planning consultant will be prepared from notes of the meeting.
"The submission deadline is May 8 so we will need to progress quickly. As soon as consultant has a draft we will arrange further meeting to outline details of submission," she added.
Plans for phase one have been submitted to An Bord Pleanala. While these are mostly residential and include proposals 264 residential units, a neighbourhood centre including a childcare facility, three shops and a café and gallery unit and exhibition area and 1.9 ha of public open space, the development will also include plans for the local community.
The proposed usage of the public space includes three key open spaces located around the site.