Naas’s newest community will open shortly, most likely in April.
A new community centre has been built at the edge of the housing areas in Monread and Dublin Road. The project was funded by the Queally family-owned food processing company, which has operations in the area.
According to Kildare County Council a “soft (or informal) opening” will be followed by the official opening. The official opening was provisionally arranged for a date later this month.
Two Naas councillors (Darren Scully and Seamie Moore) were voted on to the centre’s board of management at the last Naas Municipal District meeting. The board will also have a Queally company representative as well as nominations from community groups.
The centre will be used for activities and meetings hosted by local groups and payments for using it will apply on a tiered basis.
Charges will apply for these groups apply but these will only cover costs.
The charges for commercial activity at the centre are likely to be higher.
Kildare County Council is in the process of transferring the facility from Queally’s ownership.
KCC official Sonya Kavanagh said that the K Leisure, which runs sport and leisure facilities in Naas, Newbridge and Athy, will manage the new centre on a day to day basis.
It’s expected that the board will meet on a quarterly basis initially, though this may change and it will have a two year term.
Cllr Carmel Kelly said the charges should be as low as possible and Cllr. Fintan Brett welcomed it as a great facility for Naas.