An Post asked to change plans for new facade at Newbridge Post Office

Kildare County Council concerns

Niamh O'Donoghue

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Niamh O'Donoghue

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An Post asked to change plans for new facade at Newbridge Post Office

Newbridge Post Office

Kildare County Council has asked An Post to change its proposals for a glass-fronted new facade for the building.

It has asked the company to consider cleaning and keeping the marble panel instead of replacing it with a metal material. It has also expressed concern about the size of the proposed green marble panel and suggested a double door entrance as well as some archetectual detail to enhance the building.

The company has six months to respond.

An Post wants to remove the existing glazing, marble panel and signage to make way for a full-height glazed front, powder-coated signage panel to facade containing external letterbox, new external lighting and a new ATM machine as well as an additional entrance at the side of the building.

An Post told the council no works are proposed for the adjoining former telephone exchange or the surrounding footpath. The plans were lodged on November 23.

The facade of the Post Office has come in for criticism in national Tidy Town’s reports in recent years.

The adjudicator noted last year; “The post office building is rather plain and would perhaps benefit from floral displays over the canopy and judicious tree planting to be carried out on the wide pavement alongside this building.”