Residents asked for their view on Naas library move

Public consultation process to start

Paul O'Meara

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Residents asked for their view on Naas library move

Naas Town Hall

Local residents have been invited to make submissions on the controversial plan to relocate the community library in Naas from the canal harbour to te town hall.

The  “Naas Town Hall - Library and Cultural Centre Redevelopment” as it’s officially known envisages  the demolition of outbuildings and offices in rear yard area, change of use of building from the town hall to a library, construction of two rear extensions (single and 2 storey) to provide extended library on ground floor, study facilities, meeting room, additional fire escape stairs and plant room.

Also planned is a market, educational  area and car parking spaces, a new pedestrian access gate on the rear wall opening onto Abbey Street, new openings with wrought iron grilles will on the side yard walls, opening on to Town Hall Lane and Moat Lane. The existing arch at Moat Lane  will be opened out to form a glazed side entrance to the Library.

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There will be alterations to the building inside and to access steps at front entrance and revised landscaping.

The plans will be available for  inspection at the offices of Kildare County Council and Naas library during public hours from yesterday until December 4. Submissions and observations about the plan may be made in writing before 4pm on Tuesday December 18.

The plan has been welcomed by local politicians including Fine Gael senator Anthony Lawlor who said it will encourage more people into the centre of the town and this will benefit the social and economic life of Naas. But independent councillor Seamie Moore is against the move and has expressed concerns that the library building will be left derelict like another public building in the area.