Tense debate over Kildare Carton Avenue

Cycling code of conduct ruled out

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Tense debate over Kildare Carton Avenue

Work at Carton Avenue pictured last October

Only some elements of a motion aimed at resolving a row over work along Maynooth’s historic Carton Avenue were agreed at a special meeting of Kildare County Council’s Maynooth municipal district on Friday, April 12.

Councillors and officials have agreed that there will be no code of conduct for cycling along the avenue on the basis that the campaign group, the Carton Avenue Preservation Society, believed it would encourage cyclists.

Officials said there is no plan for cycling lanes along the avenue.

But two other elements of Cllr John McGinley’s proposal were not agreed as officials said they were planning and executive matters. These were that a proposed reinforced grass surface from Limetree Hall exit to the Avenue Walk be reduced to two metres and that a four metre wide bridge at the Limetree Hall exit be reduced from four to two metres.

Officials did say, however, that they noted the recommendations of the members.

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It has also been agreed that no further work on the Avenue, subject to that already given the legal planning go ahead in the Council planning file, 14/660, be done until the legal masterplan for the area goes on statutory display and is agreed by the Maynooth MD committee.

Last October, councillors in theDistrict threatened legal action over two new pathways joining Maynooth’s historic Carton Avenue to the new Limetree housing development.

But officials insisted they had done nothing wrong in giving permission.

The developer of the new 400 house estate has created a cycle/pedestrian route onto Carton Avenue.

Councillors had called for the work to be undone.

But official work was allowed for under the Local Area Plan and officials had acted correctly.

In sometimes tense debate last Friday, Cllr Brendan Weld said it was an “emotional” issue but he did not want to interfere illegally in the executive planning function.

Officials said that what some wanted would mean significant extra costs to a developer who was trying to comply with planning conditions.

When Cllr Reada Cronin said that the Council should not be “facilitating capitalists” (by providing access to the historic avenue for residents in newly built  houses), Director of Services, Sonya Kavanagh, said that was an “inappropriate” comment. “We are not facilitating capitalists in Kildare County Council,” she said.