News - Extract From Nationalist - 31-08-2006


Moderator (Rathstewart Crescent)
Upgrading of Monasterevin road to go ahead

WORK on improving the entrance to Athy from the Monasterevin Road should be complete by the end of the year.

As one of the main entrances to the town, the run down appearance of the road had been strongly criticised by local residents and politicians, who have made repeated calls to have the area upgraded and cleaned up.

According to cllr Mark Dalton, the works will include the installation of a new footpath, road resurfacing, line marking and landscaping at areas adjacent to St Joseph’s Terrace and two of the town’s new estates, Cois Bhearu and Rathstewart Crescent.

“This is very welcome news, particularly to people living in the area. It has been a terrible eyesore and I believe this work will enhance the overall appearance of the area,” said cllr Dalton.

The estimated cost of the work amounts to a total of

•95,000. It is understood that funding for the project will be obtained from the development levies relating to recent developments carried out in the area.

Further out the road at Kilberry, a new footpath is to be installed linking the area’s main housing estate to the local super-market. It is hoped that funding for this necessary piece of infrastructure will be obtained if development levies from the shopping development are made available to the roads maintenance section of Kildare County Council.

According to Patrick Whelan, senior executive officer roads in the administration office at Kil-dare CC, the matter has been referred to the development levies section in the planning department, to ascertain the updated position.