Opposition to Naas restaurant/takeaway plan

Group fears drunk people would be attracted to the area

Paul O'Meara

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Opposition to Naas restaurant/takeaway plan

Poplar Square, Naas

Another restaurant could be on the way to Naas.

A planning application has been made to Kildare County Council to change the use of a premises from retail to cafe/restaurant.

It relates to the convenience store which was known as The Gem at Poplar Square. Spar shut the store some 22 months ago citing difficult trading conditions as the reason for the closure. This was followed by the closure of Mattimoe’s Londis shop on North Main Street. Since then premises was put on the market to be let with a price tag of €5,000 per month.

However the application by Calwood Properties to open a cafe with an ancillary take away use has attracted submissions and opposition from the Naas Tidy Towns group - which contends that there are sufficient takeaways in the area.

“The are presently 6 takeaways and 1 bookie on this square. This is more than sufficient to cater for the food needs of this area,” the submission noted (most of the takeaways listed double as restaurants).

The NTT submission also refers to the Poplar Square regeneration scheme, which will see wider footpaths in the form of a “public realm” and less car park spaces, which will provide a place for festivals “throughout the year.”

NTT also says that the Lawlor’s Hotel extension will be a “high quality addition to this area" and “they do not need to see a row of takeaways on the square.”

NTT also fears another takeaway would “attract a lot of drunk people to this area as they would have many choices of takeaways now.”

IT adds there are 29 takeaways and 59 restaurants in Naas, which, “is more than enough.”

KCC is due to decide on the application in about four weeks.