Planned Naas library move is being opposed

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Planned Naas library move is being opposed

Naas Town Hall

There is opposition to the planned relocation of the library in Naas from the building at the canal harbour to the town hall.

Naas councillor Seamie Moore wants Kildare County Council to explain to the councillors “why this is being mooted as a necessary move.”

He said most people believe that the existing location is the most suitable.

He asked if the relocation at a cost of €10m might be better spent on the provision of “other much needed local amenities.”

Cllr Moore also said that if the move is inevitable then the existing library building should be turned into a “much needed” community centre serving that area.

However not all councillors on the Naas Municipal District are against the plan.

Labour councillor Anne Breen said she fully supports the move because the town hall it not used enough.

“The town hall is open more often than it used to be but when I was first elected it was only open for seven hours a week.”

Cllr Breen said that there are adequate spaces at the car park at Friary Road (Hedderman’s), where it is proposed to change the parking rate from 50c an hour to €3 a day.

She added that this car park is normally only 20% full, except on Saturdays when it’s free and a market takes place nearby.

“To have the library in the Town Hall would be an asset to the town and it could double as a heritage centre. Local people know where the library is but visitors don’t and they are more likely to find the Town Hall.”

Cllr Breen also said the existing library building should be used as a community venue in the future.