Christmas Fête – Sun 29th November

The Community Council will have a stand at Navan Road Parish Christmas Fete this Sunday, 28th from 11.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.
Come along and see us if you have any queries on local planning issues; traffic; policing; litter, or anything in the public interest. We will also take applications for the community Text Alert Scheme if you have not joined already. Joining fee €10.00 – renewable approximately two-yearly.

Ashtown Level Crossing

Irish Rail have published plans to close Ashtown level crossing and 5 others on the Maynooth line.There are several fly-over or tunnel options proposed to replace the Ashtown Road access, none of them particularly pedestrian friendly, and could involve a lonely walk under a tunnel, or over a long winding bridge. The impact on existing properties in the area between Ashtown Station and Martin Savage Park houses could be considerable, depending on which option is pursued.
None of the options currently being considered allow for the automation of the existing level crossing, which we have been requesting from Irish Rail for many years, and would of course be far cheaper. The tunnel, or flyover is unlikely to require planning permission as it can be classified as necessary strategic infrastructure.
Below are extracts from a report obtained from the NTA by Cllr Roderic O’Gorman showing the options under consideration. One option goes up Mill Lane and behind the Ashtown Riding Stables, emerging beyond Super Valu. The other option involves a horse shoe shaped flyover veering right off the existing Ashtown Road, encroaching on Martin Savage Park and the end of the playing fields.These will be up for discussion at our next public meeting on Wednesday 2nd  December at 8pm in the parish centre. All are welcome. 

   
   
   

Weekly update plus notice of public meeting

Monthly meeting this Wednesday 4th November 8.00 p.m. Parish Centre. All very welcome. 

TEXT ALERTS; Information and opportunity to join at meeting, cost €10.00 for more than a year. see http://www.navanroad.com

PLANNING; New Temporary Educate Together School for Ashtown/Pelletstown to open September – announced by Dept. of Education earlier in year. Plan No. 2657/15 lodged April 2015. We had to submit an observation- ‘Welcoming the long overdue school’, but pointing out the serious traffic dangers at the proposed site ( corner area beside Scribblestown/River Road crossroads – ‘with no pedestrian crossings there, or indeed anywhere throughout the entire Pelletstown development’. Belatedly DCC investigated and demanded 2 pedestrian crossing be put in place BEFORE the school could open, plus other technical matters. As a result the new junior infant children are currently schooled in the basement area of a Community Centre within Pelletstown/Rathborne.      It appears that preparatory works have just now commenced on the site for the temporary school. A school was written in to the original Action Plan 2000 for Pelletstown, but never built. 

Plan No 3666/15 for housing in Pelletstown. We have submitted to this also, welcoming the provision of lower rise housing. However the plan contains 577 car parking spaces so we have objected to this aspect, as premature to :- a) provision of new station; b) re-opening of 120 bus terminus at Ashtown, serving the existing Astown Station, so people can use public transport, rather then need for cars; c) safety corrective measures are taken with Ashtown roundabout, (demanded by National Roads Authority in 2009, when they themselves objected to a previous application within Pelletstown because of this traffic hazard). We still await a twice requested meeting with Min. for Transport on this last issue. Half 577 cars = 288 extra cars up Ashtown Road and our wider area.

Further information on all above and other matters at our meeting on Wednesday. Your views & support always welcome.