Discontent over Celbridge road name delay

KILDARE County Council still has not named a road in the north of the county correctly, writes Henry Bauress.

KILDARE County Council still has not named a road in the north of the county correctly, writes Henry Bauress.

The so called Shackleton road in Celbridge, which runs from the Tesco junction on the Maynooth road towards St. Wolstan’s school, is popularly known as Shackleton Road, but that is still not yet its official name, it appears.

Beatty Park resident, Christy Flynn, is unhappy with the council’s response to his submission on the issue. “Shackleton Road does not officially exist,” said Mr. Flynn, who has written to the County Manager, Michael Malone, twice, about the matter.

He told the Leader he believed the wrong name on the road could cause legal problems and is angry that the Council has been sitting on the matter.

At its Celbridge area committee on 15 April 2011, almost a year ago, the Council’s Roads Department was asked to inquire about the naming of the road.

Cllr. Senan Griffin told the Leader this week that about a year ago he asked for the signs to be put up indicating the road was Shackleton road.

But Mr. Flynn, said this week that Ordnance Survey maps showed the road is still officially called “Wolstan Haven Road. The road has been named, “Willowbrook Road,” in trade directories and the Google map database describes it as Willowbrook road. Cllr. Griffin said the previous Celbridge area committee had opted to name the road after the explorer, Sir Henry Shackleton.

Mr. Flynn said the only Shackleton road in the world is on the south island of New Zealand. He said on 24 November he wrote to the County Manager asking when the Council would comply with the Road Act 1993, regarding the road. KCC spokespeson, Annette Aspell said: “This road was originally known as the Wolston Haven road because it was constructed as part of the Wolston Haven housing development. When the road was completed by Kildare County Council it became known as the Shackleton Road, however, the road was never officially named until the Celbridge Area Committee agreed to it being named “Shackleton Road” and the Council is in the process of having road signage erected.”

She added the road “was, of course, given a road reference number (L9999) when the road was taken in charge and any legal documentation would cite the road reference number to ensure that the correct road was being referred to.”