No plans to publish Newbridge Town Hall review

Report: ‘Commercially sensitive’

Sarah Peppard


Sarah Peppard


No plans to publish Newbridge Town Hall review

File photo: Newbridge Town Hall

Kildare County Council says it has no plans to publish a review carried out on Newbridge Town Hall.

At the Kildare-Newbridge Municipal District meeting on March 21 last, Independent Cllr Fiona McLoughlin Healy asked that the tax-payers who paid for the €1,500 review be able to access the report.

Kildare County Council said the review contains “commercially sensitive information” and therefore cannot be released to the public.

A review was originally scheduled to be done in June 2017, but Cllr McLoughlin Healy said it was “hastily” carried out before Christmas.

Independent Cllr Joanne Pender said it would be a positive thing to see the review published. She said there is no commercially sensitive information, because there are “no specific details on people that use it.”

However, Fianna Fáil's Sean Power thinks there are no gains to be made out of the review report being published.

At the June 2017 MD meeting, Cllr McLoughlin Healy called on the council to review the rent charged to community groups and clubs for the use of the hall.

The €40 hourly charge to rent the refurbished Town Hall was widely criticised.

In the report issued at this month's meeting, KCC said;

“Following an in-committee Municipal District meeting in February, it was agreed a tiered pricing policy will be brought to the Municipal District for consideration.

The report added; “A needs analysis for use of the town hall will be carried out and when the executive agrees the operational management of the town hall, the members will be informed.”