Councillors angry over Naas footpaths works during Punchestown decision

Local public representatives say they weren't consulted about proposed works during Punchestown week

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Councillors angry over Naas footpaths works during Punchestown decision

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Politicians representing Naas residents were not told about a decision — subsequently reversed — to undertake roadworks along the town’s main street during the Punchestown Festival.

KCC official Sonya Kavanagh conceded last week that the nine councillors representing the Naas area should have informed about what was happening.

She said criticisms about the failure to tell the councillors “has been noted” adding “we’ll communicate it back that councillors should be told in advance.”

Ms. Kavanagh was responding to criticism from Cllr Scully at a Naas Municipal District meeting.

Cllr Scully said the first he knew that footpaths were being dug up (to place ESB cables underground) was when ”my phone started to light up” as concerned traders rang him.

“There was no warning about this; we were not told and it’s us who have to deal with the public. We are elected by the public.”

He acknowledged the work was called off but added “the Punchestown Festival is very important to Naas and it was guns blazing until the councillors raised the issue.” The problem is, he said, that the public thinks the councillors make the decision.