Big decision on Clane area road funds for Bord Pleanála

Council sought over €13.7 million in development levies

Henry Bauress


Henry Bauress


Big decision on Clane area road funds for Bord Pleanála

Firmount Cross, one of the many toures for HGVs going to and from Drehid

Kildare County Council has sought over €13.7 million in development levies from the proposed extension to Bord na Mona’s Drehid waste management site, if permission goes ahead.

Around a third of the funds are sought for what are described as traffic calming measures in the Maynooth area. The rest is for general road maintenance.

SEE ALSO: Naas Shopping Centre could be declared a derelict site

It remains to be seen what conditions Bord Pleanala will impose.

The Council’s Transport Section has recommended refusal by Bord Pleanala, arguing, among other things, that the waste business and quarries have not generated enough income to pay for the road system.

Bord na Mona has argued in the past that the company is not required to include such a contribution and that previous Bord Pleanala decisions have supported this.

The Council says that the company should help maintain haulage routes and sees the money being paid over a 10 year period.

Works plan

The proposed contributions include €1.6m for works on one of the proposed vehicle routes from the R406 in Maynooth to the R403 in Clane (including the Barberstown to Clane road).

In Clane, a €125,000 sum is sought for the Ring Road and €175,000 for the traffic light system.

The €13.7m include €300,000 for four projects in Prosperous, including €160,000 for traffic lights in the village, €60,000 for work at the McCormack’s Garage junction and €80,000 for traffic calming on the approaches to the village.