Houses and apartments are built faster than amenities in Naas


Paul O'Meara


Paul O'Meara


Houses and apartments are built faster than amenities in Naas

The entrance to the De Burgh Lands

It's yet another example of how easy it is easy for private residential development to be built and how slowly the amenities or the facilities needed by the public follow.

The public footpath to Piper's Hill College in Naas followed some years after the school opened and the paths and cycleways needed for the school at Craddockstown have yet to be built.

Naas is a fast growing town and will continue to grow.

More and more houses are being built.

You won't read about this in brochures produced by thebuilders advertising new housing developments.

But the schools are under pressure to provide places.

And the major sports clubs are under pressure to provide enough spaces for juvenile players to play.

You cannot say at the same time that Kildare County Council is overlooking the need for amenity space. Its not as if there's nothing.

Monread Park, which at times could do with a little more garda attention to combat anti social behaviour, is a fantastic amenity and so too is the lakes area off Fairgreen and Ballymore Road.

It also true that the local authority has ambitious plans for a playing ares and walkways at the former dump site in Kerdiffstown, Naas. This too will be very welcome when it arrives.

It will come with quite the little bill though when the cost of cleaning up the site after it was shut down by the High Court — because the authorities took their eye off what was happening .

But all of these won't be enough if the projected population rise materialises in Naas.

That's whey some folk are getting a bit concerned about the lands at Oldtown, Sallins Road.

The lands now amount to 15 acres (though 21 acres was mentioned in the past) and they've been handed over to the public.

The arrangements for this are almost two decades old now.

In summary the lands were to given to Kildare County Council. They were formerly owned by the De Burgh family, who had previously operated a stud farm there until the expanding Naas town began to encroach on the premises. The area is one of natural beauty with its waterways, trees and pathways; a rural idyll enclosed by suburbanisation.

Folklore has it that St. Patrick baptised the Kings of Leinster there. One councillor Seamie Moore, has described it as the St. Stephen's Green of Naas and another equally well known ex-politician Timmy Conway has compared it with the Japanese Gardens.

While neither man cane be accused of understating the attractiveness of the location, it should be opened as soon as possible.

A lot of development has taken place around the lands. But the lands themselves are not accessible by the public.

Kildare County Council has never said that it won't work to open the lands but it's been taking some time.

More than a decade after the agreement was made the lands had not been signed over to the council. Many, many houses and apartments have gone up in Naas since. It's tree that KCC does not have all of the money it needs to meet all of the requests for amenities across the entire county, nor does it have adequate resources to build enough houses.

But given the amount of time that has elapsed, the opening of this facility cannot possibly happen soon enough.

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