Market Square Redevelopment Notice Posted

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Kildare County Council has published a notice of its intention to redevelop Kilcullen Market Square, writing Brian Byrne.

The works, a Part 8 development by the local authority, will include widening and resurfacing of the footpath, resurfacing of the riverside walkway and provision of LED lighting, upgrading of street furniture and lighting to include a multifunctional lighting column in the plaza, resurfacing of the plaza and provision of new stairway access from Main Street.

The plan also proposes to improve stairway access to the waterfront promenade from Market Square, plant trees, remove parking spots from the square, and formalize on-street parking along Main Street. , to improve the junction at Bentley’s Lane to include an elevated pedestrian crossing and to provide three pedestrian crossings on Main Street.

The plans will be available to view or buy from 9 February to 9 March 2022, at Aras Chill Dara, Naas, and online here or consult.kildarecoco.ie/en/browse.

Submissions can be made until 4:30 p.m. on March 23, 2022.

The project was first proposed in July 2017 following a public meeting organized by Kilcullen Community Action.

A concept plan produced by the Paul Hogarth Company at the request of Kildare County Council was presented to the project committee in April 2018. Following a request backed by Kildare County Council, the redevelopment project received a first €200,000 from the town and village renewal programme. 2018 towards the then estimated cost of €500,000.

By January 2021, the cost estimate had risen to €1.3 million, of which €1.1 million was to come from the Council’s LPT funds. According to the Council’s Strategic Projects and Public Realm team, the timeline for completion of the project is then Q2 2022, “subject to funding”.

A full public comment period under the Part 8 process was originally scheduled before Christmas 2019, but was again postponed, pending the completion of documents. The pandemic situation in 2020/21 has led to further postponements.

Antoinette Buckley, who has been involved with KCA in the project from the start, welcomed today’s development. “Finally, five years later, some good news,” she told the Logbook.

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