Oral hearing concludes Day 1

The first day of the oral hearing into the Athy Distributor Road has concluded in the Clanard Court Hotel . Kildare County Council have concluded their evidence and those marking objections and observations have begun their evidence . The hearing will continue in the Clanard Court Hotel in the morning from 9.30 am. 

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July update on Athy Distributor Road 

I attach , letter’s I have received following my recent submission to An Bord pleanala in relation to the above much needed road. The oral hearing regarding planning for this road ,will commence tomorrow at 10am in the clanard Court Athy. I will keep you informed of any and all progress and issues in relation to same – Mark .

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Graveyard extension approved for Churchtown Athy 

I am delighted to report that following unanimous support at our Council meeting today , planning approval for the new extension to Churchtown Graveyard has received the go ahead. This positive news will include the extension , new car park for School/Graveyard and new footpath to Community Play school, along with new tree planting and associated works.I would like to thank Kildare County Council for their support with this project and all those involved in getting this good news today . Tenders will be sent out shortly for the work. The Council confirming that they will work with the local community on ensuring that this project is achieved as quickly as possible and that they will work with the Community on its delivery . Mark .

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May update on Athy Distributor Road 

Permission for the road is now with An Bord Pleanála . An Bord Pleanála will now consider the planning involved in this road . It is therefore very important that you and or your neighbours make a submission to the Bord on any or all concerns you may have regarding the road and any submission you may make can also include your support for this development .
We are informed that it is likely an Oral hearing may be called on this application which could take place July / August with a decision in the months following that hearing .
Submissions may be made in writing to the An Bord Pleanála, Strategic Infrastructure Division,
64 Marlborough Street, Dublin 1, D01 V902
from now until Friday 9th June.
A fee of €50.00 must accompany any submissions (subject to exceptions in relation to certain speci ed bodies).
If you want to discuss any part of the above or have any questions on the road , please let me know . 

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Exciting competition!

Draw, Design and name your invention of the future – prizes for Students 6-12 years ,12-18 years and all those over 18 in our community.Closing date – June 9th 
Exciting competition with winners prizes to be presented at Kildare County Show on Father’s Day this year, June 18th .Prize fund of €2,500.

Let me know if you require more details of a great competition in association with Kildare County Council , Kildare Local Enterprise Office , Kildare Nationalist Newspaper and Kildare County Show or ring 045- 980838..

Your child or even yourself could have the next great Gadget or Retail venture of the future !

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Monasterevin Junction will be urgently investigated 

Cllr Mark Wall has welcomed a commitment from Kildare County Council that they will urgently investigate the junction at the Nags head Public House in Monasterevin where R445 and R414 roads meet following his recent motion to the Council. 

Speaking following a detailed discussion at the recent Council area meeting which received the unanimous support of all the area Cllr’s , Cllr Wall stated ” I have being asked by a large number of the people of Monasterevin to raise their safety concerns regardng this Junction . Following a frank discussion , Kildare County Council will carry out an immediate investigation while also referring its safety to the Technical Assessment and Advisory Group (TAAG), newly established in the Roads, Transportation and Public Safety Department. The Council have committed to also updating the members as soon as the investigation  is carried out.”

Cllr Wall concluded , ” The safety of everybody using this junction is paramount, I will continue to liaise with the Council on their findings and keep the public updated on all progress .”

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Water out Carlow Road Athy

Thank you for your phone call reporting loss of water supply at Carlow Road, Athy, Co Kildare. 

The disruption of water supply to Church Road, Carlow Road, Ballyroe and surrounds is due to a burst water main. The estimated restoration time is 4pm.

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