By Kim O'Leary
A local Kildare Cllr is calling on Kildare County Council to offer the residents living in the quiet village of Athgarvan reassurances that essential works including widening of the main road and updates to the water pumping station will be completed 'before any further building is permitted that would contribute further to the traffic and sewage issues in the area.'
Independent Cllr Fiona McLoughlin Healy has said that local residents have contacted her to voice their concern over an appeal launched by Thoval Properties' to construct a mixed-use development for the area with the project initially refused by An Bord Planala.
Cllr McLoughlin Healy has said that residents are "very concerned" of the possibility that the long-awaited road widening on the Athgarvan road and updates to the water pumping station could be delayed if the decision on the new use development site is successfully appealed.
Thoval Properties' bid to construct the €1.8 million project was turned down by the council earlier this year, but an appeal has now been lodged this week with An Bord Pleanála to try get the decision overturned.
The original plans outline a development that would consist of four shop units, an office unit at ground floor level and four medical/office units at first floor level.
There would also be four apartments on the first floor of the development, along with a courtyard area and boundary walls in the project.
An Bord Pleanála are currently considering the appeal.
In recent months, residents have expressed concerns about the narrow Athgarvan Road approaching the village of Athgarvan, with concerns for pedestrians and cyclists due to lack of road markings.
One resident expressed great concern for cars and pedestrians passing through the area especially during adverse weather. They told KildareNow; “The road is simply too narrow for traffic and especially pedestrians and cyclists in the area; overtaking is very common but the road isn't really wide enough for that. It has led to a lot of near-crashes in recent months, due to an increase in traffic and bad weather-the recent snow caused a lot of difficulty, and as a resident living in the village I would very much like to see the road widened for the safety of motorists and pedestrians.”
Residents have also reported a “very strong sewerage smell” upon entering the village which is linked to the water pumping station which requires updating.
Cllr McLoughlin Healy will raise her motion at the next meeting of the Kildare-Newbridge Municipal District next Wednesday, 20 June at 10am.
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