UPDATED: Naas residents "dismayed" over relief road to stage public meeting

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Paul O'Meara

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Naas residents "dismayed" over relief road to stage public meeting

Residents at the previous public meeting last April

Residents opposed to the route chosen for the Naas inner relief road say they are dismayed and are planning a public meeting on March 25 at the Osprey Hotel.

They say Kildare County Council chose the route  "against the wishes of hundreds if not thousands of residents. It defies logic and is contrary to basic common sense."

KCC has come out in favour of the route (between Naas Racecourse and Dublin Road, exiting on the Blessington Road near the AIB building) chosen by consultants. It will complete the town’s ring road system.

The consultants were asked to choose one of three routes and this decision was made over a week ago after an exhaustive examination of the merits and demerits of each.

Residents representative Christine O'Sullivan said this morning: "It is both insensitive and illogical to locate a main road that adversely impacts so many of naas’s residential estates/ areas, to include, the Ballymore Road, The Gallops, Racecourse Gate, Kingscourt, Sunday’s Well, Cluain Aoibhean, Woodlands, Kingsfurze, Mountaineview, Craddockstown Road, Craddockstown Rise, Craddockstown Court, Ard an Laoi, Church Court, Oakfield, Alderwood Park, Hazelmere, Beechwood, Chestnut Hill, The Paddocks, Ballycane, Kingspoint, Elmwood, Tipper Road housing and estates and Monread."

Ms O'Sullivan added: "Kildare County Council state that the Inner Relief road will be ‘free-flowing’. This is not true. The junction at which it is placed is already exceptionally busy. Making the road entering and leaving Naas Racecourse a main road will result in traffic back logging from the big ball, from the town center, and the Monread Road will be at a standstill. The residents of the estates in the Inner Relief road will not be able to leave their estates unless traffic lights or roundabouts are erected outside each estate. I doubt there is enough room for traffic lights considering, the council are already taking land from our common areas."

Ms O’Sullivan said it is difficult to conceive “difficult to conceive how a plan that had its genesis in 1992 when Naas had then a population of 11,000 can remain either pertinent or relevant in 2019.”

All over the country, she said, county councils are introducing speed limits of 30km p/h in residential estates. There is no provision for speed controls despite this road being built through estates and residential zones.

"In addition, a significant amount of heavy duty trucks will be diverted through residential areas due to the location of the quarry. The noise and pollution that so many residents will have to endure if the road goes ahead is scandalous. Building concrete walls around our estates, as if we live in a prison will not solve this."

She asked how "the council talk about mini greenways when they plan on removing green areas and surrounding estates by 7 feet walls. Not only will this destroy the environment around our residential areas but creating hidden areas behind high walls will be an incentive for anti social behavior."