Fianna Fáil TD James Lawless has welcomed news from Kildare County Council that 48 acres has been acquired for the provision of local community and recreational facilities in Sallins.
Deputy Lawless said “I am delighted that in the context of the local area plan land have been acquired which will allow for community interests. In total the land covers c.48 acres. I am also very pleased that c.15 acres has been secured for the Sallins bypass which is due to start next June”.
“This is a great day for Sallins. The amenity lands that the village has lacked ever since the population explosion of the late 90s have finally been delivered. I have been campaigning for this over the past decade, I remember going door to door collecting signatures for this in 2008. The 48 acre package includes 33 acres of amenity lands which can be used for sporting purposes, playing fields, walking and running tracks and also an indoor centre which will serve the entire community from everything from irish dancing to bridge classes and older persons activities. It is exactly what the village needed and I am delighted we have finally achieved this”.
“As Mayor of the Naas Council District during the local area plan process, along with colleagues from all parties, I impressed upon the council executive the dire need for such facilities in Sallins. Since my election to the Dáil I continued to make that case to Planning Minister, Simon Coveney T.D. including dedicated meetings in government buildings and questions in the Dáil as well as remaining in ongoing discussion with County Manager Peter Carey and Heads of Planning and Parks in Council. I want to thank them all for taking the case very much on board and for working with me and all the stakeholders to achieve this. I also want to credit my colleagues on the council and indeed all the sporting and civic organisations and all the individuals in the village who engaged in the process and made their views known. It certainly strengthened my hand at the table to have such a demonstrable level of engagement from the local community”.
“The vision is for a multi code sporting and amenity campus but the exact breakdown and management structure will be decided in due course, following extensive consultation with all the clubs and the local community. I look forward to working with all the stakeholders in New Year on that”.