Development levies collected by Kildare County Council are not necessarily spent in the area from where the money is collected.
KCC said that the levies are “centralised for use throughout the county.”
The levies are contributions paid to KCC, generally as a condition of planning permission for residential, commercial or industrial construction projects.
KCC said contributions collected for roads, car parking and surface water are spent across the county.
But levies collected for community, recreation and amenity use are “retained for use within the relevant municipal authority.” Cllr Sorcha O’Neill said that more money should be spent on items like traffic calming measures in Sallins given that substantial levies were generated as the population has grown at a rapid rate to 6,000 residents.
“They don’t even have footpaths in some areas,” she said.