Housing developers in Maynooth say they have not provided creches in some new housing estates because there is a lack of demand for creche places, a Kildare County Council meeting has been told.
Councillors on the Maynooth Municipal District had asked why a number of Maynooth developments had failed to provide creches.
Permission had been granted and creches were included as part of the planning conditions in housing developments at Castlepark, Griffinrath, Moyglare Hall and Newtown Hall.
The Municipal District was told on November 2 that in the case of Griffinrath, permission was granted for a change of use from creche to a community based Day Care Centre. The planning permission for Newtown Hall is “live” and runs until May 2019. “The other two developments have been referred to Planning Enforcement and Building and Development Control for further investigation,” officials told members.
Councillors were not happy with the response.
Cllr John McGinley said parents had to leave Maynooth to find creches which had been provided for in the planning conditions for their estates. “This Council, to say the least, does not do planning enforcement well,” he said.
Cllr McGinley said if permission was granted to one for a change of use, greater effort should be made to make sure there were creches built in other estates.
Council official, Sean Leahy, said: “Developers tell us there is no demand.”
Cllr McGinley replied: “That is blatantly untrue. People are going to Leixlip and Kilcock for creches.”
Cllr Reada Cronin said she also rejected the assertion there is no demand for creches.
Cllrs Padraig McEvoy said there was a protocol for establishing the need for a creche in an area and Cllr Tim Durkan said they needed a report on this.