Cllr. Lawless has welcomed proposals from Applegreen to develop a new facility at the old Cemex and Donnelly Mirrors site at Naas, which would include a garage forecourt, central office space and a research and training facility. Cllr. Lawless has been seeking progress on this site for some time and he had repeatedly raised the matter at Council over the past twelve months. At the January meeting of the Naas Area Committee, Cllr. Lawless tabled a motion seeking action on the site to both clean up its appearance and invite new development as he said it was becoming an eye sore for the approach to Naas and was not the right image to present to visitors to the town.

Cllr. Lawless has discussed the latest proposals in detail with the Applegreen company and has also received assurances the development would not impact negatively upon the town centre but rather would provide an economic stimulus to Naas town and to the whole region with up to 400 new jobs boosting the local economy. The garage may also draw passing trade in off the motorway providing a new gateway into the town potentially.

The company has lodged a planning application with Kildare County Council and a decision will be forthcoming in the next number of weeks.