Popular Sallins Councillor Carmel Kelly launched her re-election bid this evening in Café Grange in Sallins.
Carmel has been a Councillor in 2016, and during that time was one of the Founders of the Midsummer Arts Festival which is taking place again this year.
An impressive crowd gathered for the launch with several TDs and Senators travelling for the occasion. Among the speakers were Anne Rabbitte TD, Brendan Smith TD, James Lawless TD, Frank O’Rourke TD and her fellow candidates Brian Larkin and Terry Dignan,
Carmel said in her address that her sole ambition in being returned to the Council was to serve the people to the utmost of her ability and that she was a passionate believer in the power of Community.
Naas Area Election Candidate Brian Larkin along with fellow candidates, Cllr Carmel Kelly and Terry Dignan have stated their opposition to the proposed “Route 2” Inner Relief Road in the town.
Brian said “While knocking on doors with my canvass team and following receipt of many indepth e-mails from residents, it has become apparent that the proposed Naas inner relief road is an issue of major concern. I am proud to say I will be showing my support to any and all opposing this plan.”
“Naas like many kildare towns has experienced a rapid expansion in population with which current policy and plans have not kept pace. This plan was originally drawn up in an era when naas was a much smaller town, now when KCC finally have gotten around to implementing this plan. We now need a fresh new approach to solve the traffic congestion problem in Naas.”
Cllr Carmel Kelly has welcomed news that estates in Kill, Naas and Sallins are finally being Taken In Charge.
Estates cannot avail of public services until they have been taken in charge by the Council. Such services might include the provision of street lights, clearing of drains, the fixing of potholes.
“The Taking In Charge of estates is an issue I have been highlighting for some time, a few months back following another request, I received a 30+ page report listing the many estates not yet in charge.”, Carmel said.
Below is a List of estates that the Building and Development Control Section propose to be taken in charge in the coming 6 months in Naas Municipal District: :
KILL – Saddlers Hall, Glendara and Rochford Abbey
SALLINS – Straffan Way
NAAS – Landen Park, Racecourse Gate and The Maudlings.
The following estates are proposed to be taken in charge by the end of the year:
SALLINS – Osberstown Court, Park, Drive, Sallins Wharf and Pier
NAAS – Aldergrove and Killashee View
KILL – Whitethorn Grove – The Mews
A large crowd – several hundred – turned out in Sallins Community Centre to view and give their views on the proposals for the Grand Canal Greenway which was hosted by Cllr Carmel Kelly and James Lawless TD.
Cllr Kelly professed herself very pleased with the large numbers that attended and encouraged local people to have their say on the proposals by making a submission to Kildare Country Council by the 18th of January.
Pictured are James Lawless TD, Cllr Carmel Kelly and County Council candidate Brian Larkin
Cllr Carmel Kelly has welcomed news that money has been allocated for much-needed road safety measures in Sallins.
Carmel commenced, “Among the works scheduled are the footpath in front of Marrons/Gala. Also two stretches of the road will be identified for placement of red friction surface with speed warnings in the New Year.”
“I’d like to thank my fellow Councillors on the Naas MDC for their support. These are steps in the right direction but we do need to continue to highlight our need for more road safety measures in the village.”