GAA and soccer pitches to open in Sallins


Paul O'Meara


Paul O'Meara


Sallins community lands to partially open


Kildare County Council has agreed to a partial opening of the community lands at Sallins.

According to Sallins Community Council chairperson Fergus Carpenter the council has agreed to hire a contractor to create a GAA pitch and a soccer pitch, which can be used temporarily.

KCC bought 48 acres of land, which is bordered on two sides by the Grand Canal and is situated on the western side of Sallins, between it and the River Liffey, in December 2016 and 33 acres  will be used for community amenities. These include GAA and soccer use.

However the council has said that a master plan for the development of the lands has to be drawn up.

The SCC staged a public meeting  less than a month ago and residents were told that consultants would be contracted  to carry out an extensive consultation exercise with residents, clubs and groups over the coming weeks and a master plan would follow this process.

“Many people are frustrated at not being to get immediate access to at least some of the lands while others expressed concern at this possibility, stressing that the lands are for the whole community and should be developed as a whole unit and not in a piecemeal way.

 Mr. Carpenter also said that Sallins has been included in an application made for money to be spent in Co. Kildare from the Rural  Regeneration Development fund - a fund that will allocate one billion euro between now and 2027.

At the last Naas Municipal District meeting Cllr. Carmel Kelly sought a time frame for the start of consultations. KCC's response was that it is hoped to appoint a consultant in November.

It is anticipated that the  public consultation process is likely to  commence early in 2019.