Big questions on plans for Drehid national site

Residents' concern

Henry Bauress


Henry Bauress


Big questions on plans for Drehid national site

The Drehid landfill area where new proposal are a worry

Residents in the Millicent-Firmount area and other areas are asking big questions following the decision of Bord Pleanala to declare expansion at the Bord na Mona Drehid landfill site a national issue, hence bypassing Kildare County Council as a planning authority.

Chief among the residents' aims will be stopping or controlling hazardous material travelling along what are deemed “unsuitable rural roads”.

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Among the issues for the group will be the possible monitoring of traffic on the on the routes via Millicent and Clane to Drehid.

Another issue is the speed of Drehid linked trucks and a feeling among many that 80kph is too fast.

Some argue that trucks are unable to stop safely if local resident traffic emerges onto the road. There has been past concern about danger to walkers and cyclists on the Millicent-Firmount road and a suggestion that the County Council should reduce the speed limit to 60 kph.

Spokesperson Robert Volkamp and others are unhappy they cannot get a meeting with Minister Denis Naughten. The Minister has declined to meet the Millicent group in the past.

He has asked Kildare North TD, James Lawless, who has raised the matter in the Dail, and others to get answers to questions concerning the site.

The residents have been fighting for some time over conditions associated with the site.