Poplar Square, Naas
It is not yet clear when the controversial pedestrianisation of Poplar Square will proceed.
Naas councillors voted in favour of the plan, but it was a close run thing with the councillors split down the middle before the then Naas Mayor Fintan Brett gave his casting vote in favour of the plan sixteen months ago.
The National Transport Authority's plan is to pedestrianise part of Poplar Square, create cycle lanes along Dublin Road and provide new pedestrian crossings had already been approved.
Cllr Darren Scully told a Naas Municipal district meeting last week that councillors were informed previously that if the money wasn’t taken up and used within a specific timeframe then it would be lost to Naas.
He sought further information about progress on the €3m. plan.
“We need timelines because some people think this will happen this year or early next year,” he said.
He also said there is a fear that if the money is not actually provided by the National Transport Authority then the bill might have to be paid for by Kildare County Council.
However while Kildare County Council says that while some talks are taking place with the NTA, a timeline is not immediately available.
Ground investigation works have taken place between The Gallops exstate and the he Meadows & Byrne store at Dublin Road and the information provided by this will be used to help prepare a tender.
KCC also said that the NTA “was originally not willing to fund the Poplar Square phase of this project.” However, following a meeting, the NTA is “reexamining the project.”
The NTA has handed over €400,000 towards the project but it is looking at changes which would provide additional cycle lanes and a bus priority corridor into Naas.