News & Events
Johnstown Residents Association Garden Competition winners 2011
EPA reply to the JCA complaint, click here
Johnstown Goal Mile
Christmas Morning at 10am
The walk starts from Centra and goes up to the roundabout at exit 8 and back. You can get information on the GOAL mile and the charity at www.GOAL.ie.
There'll be music and refreshments at Jordan's Centra.
Music by Johnny Peters and Co
Tidy Towns weekly work Tuesday evenings 8pm and Saturdays 9am. Meet in the carpark. All help appreciated.
JOHNSTOWN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION (JCA)
is delighted to invite you to:
An Evening with
Éamon de Buitléar Irish Wildlife – Closer to You Than You May Think!
When? 7:00 pm (sharp) to 9:00 pm; Thursday, May 13th, 2010
Where? Londis Distribution Centre, Johnstown Village
THANKS TO THE GENEROUS SPONSORSHIP OF Pigsback Local; a fantastic new service from Pigsback, supporting Local Businesses and bringing you the best deals in Kildare. Please Visit: www.pigsback.com/kildare and Londis ATTENDANCE IS FREE FOR ALL RESIDENTS. HOWEVER, AS SPACES ARE RESTRICTED TO 50 ATTENDEES, ADVANCE REGISTERATION BY EMAIL TO SECRETARY@JOHNSTOWNVILLAGE.ORG OR BY PHONE/TEXT TO 086-2554182 IS NECESSARY
In this the first issue of our newsletter for 2010, you will receive an update on the issues the committee has been actively chasing over the last six months. During this period we have had a few changes to our committee, with the rotation of the chair and other executive roles. The new committee is listed below and we would like to take this opportunity on behalf of the residents of Johnstown to thank the outgoing committee for their time and efforts over the last 2 years and, in particular, their chairman Mr. Joe O’Carroll for his driving force and enthusiasm, without which the achievement made to date would have been a lot slower and more difficult.
Frank Moore, Chairman email@example.com
Joe O’Carroll, Treasurer Liz Dinnegan, Secretary
Enda McKeon, Johnstown Manor Brian McCabe, The Village
Angela Brown, Johnstown Gardens Alan Jordan, St. John’s Grove
Eugene O’Keane, St. John’s Grove Paul Heaney, Johnstown Manor
Martin Egan, Furness Manor Kevin Dunphy, Furness ManorPatrick Kivlehan, Johnstown Manor
The JCA Committee submitted the findings of the community survey into the desired use of the Garden centre site to all of the local Councillors and to Kildare County Council. This led to the matter being discuss at the Naas Area Committee of KCC, which involves all 5 Cllrs in our area, namely, Cllr Tony Lawlor and Cllr Darren Scully (FG), Cllr Paddy MacNamara (Lab), Cllr Willie Callaghan (FF) and Cllr Seamie Moore (Ind).The developments were covered by a recent article in the Leinster Leader:
KILDARE county councillors have been advised of difficulties in fast tracking plans to zone land in Johnstown village for amenity purposes. The land, the site of the old Johnstown Garden Centre, is now owned by the National Roads Authority, which had it during its upgrading work on the M7 motorway.
Cllr. Paddy McNamara told Monday’s Kildare County Council meeting that the Naas area committee wanted the Johnstown Local Area Plan varied or amended to re-zone the land. Local people want it to be an amenity area, said Cllr. McNamara.
The land, which was flooded this week, could be sold it is feared as it zoned currently for commercial purposes.
Director of Services, John Lahart, said the area plan did not come up for revision until next year and legally it would be complex to change the plan at this stage.
But councillors fear that a sale of the land by the National Road Authority could defeat their plans for an amenity area. Cllr. McNamara said they did not want another twenty or thirty houses there on a flood plain or more commercial property. “Stop a mistake happening,” he said.
Cllr. Tony Lawlor seconded the proposal adding the area was under three to four feet or water this week.
Apart from advising against their motion on legal grounds, Mr. Lahart questioned whether the area was suitable for amenity open space seeing as it was so near the motorway. Mr. Lahart said any planning application for development on the land would be based on its current (commercial) zoning.
Cllr. Lawlor raised the matter of a deal with the previous owners of the site and suggested that the deal with the NRA included the land reverting to amenity use.
Mr. Lahart said there was no deal between the NRA and the landowner.
Cllr. McNamara said it was urgent that the Council use its legal power to get the amenity zoning.
Cllr. Catherine Murphy said that it used to be more difficult to vary a plan but since the Planning and Development Act 2000, it has got easier. Now they were being told it is difficult.
Mr. Lahart advised them they could not pass their motion there and then.
Acting County Secretary, Charlie Talbot, said it would be illegal to pre-empt the planning process.
The Council agreed a proposal by Cllr. Willie Callaghan to amend the motion to start the Local Area Plan process during which they could vary or amend the plan to keep the area as open space.
©Leinster Leader, 03 December 2009
The JCA Committee will be meeting with the Naas Area Committee to advance this matter.
- Flood Scheme
After a number of meetings with Kildare County Council, we finally got confirmation of a flood relief scheme for the Johnstown area. You can see, from the note below of our recent meeting with the Flood Scheme Manager that a lot of thought has gone into the work required and indeed a lot more work needs to be done to ensure this project is completed as early as possible.
After the recent flood in November 2009 a number of flood committees have been organised within the individual Residents’ Associations in Johnstown and until the Flood Scheme is complete these flood committees will act as an early warning system and have prepared practical steps to ensure if we have a flood again minimum damage will be done to property in the area.
Meeting Kildare Co, Co & Kilgallen with JCA 13/01/10 4PM
Present: Alan Dunney KCC. , Michael O’Connell Kilgallen & Partners.
Frank Moore & Joe O’Carroll (in Part) JCA.
Flood Scheme Johnstown.
Michael explained the idea of the scheme is to divert the rivers around Johnstown on both sides for the event of a 1 in 100 year flood and at the same time leaving a low level flow of the rivers through the village when rainfall were at normal levels.
Areas of concern:
Bridge into Johnstown Manor: the bridge will have to be raised and they are aware of the problems of the sewer pipe, further detail on the height etc will be available when the movement of this pipe has been finalised.
ESB sub-station: with the diversion of the flow prior to the station this problem should be solved. A more detailed look at some of the culvert along this stretch into the village will be done when work commences. The position of the diverted Annagall stream through Tony Lawlor’s land has not yet been agreed but will be done within the next 4 or 5 weeks, at which stage Alan will confirm this to the JCA and arrange another meeting if necessary.
Old Bridge: The three culverts which at present are hidden will be opened and the surrounding land required for the additional flow will be cut out and landscaped. The old bridge will remain undamaged and the area around the bridge and culverts will be completed in a manner that can be used when waters are at normal heights.
Johnstown Gardens: the area between the bridge at Johnstown Manor to the Old Bridge is one of the most important areas in the scheme and high point for the flow of water during heavy falls of rain. The protecting walls around Johnstown Gardens backing on to Johnstown Manor will be designed to take any increased pressure.
John’s Grove : some work has been done already to clear a way for the Hartwell river to flow through the culverts, but this area will only be corrected when the river widening works up stream is complete , which will allow a natural flow directly through the culvert under the slip road off the N7. The area between the slip road and the N7 will also be cleaned out to relieve any obstruction caused. If during the works it becomes obvious that the culvert under the road at the Fox Covert needs to be widen, then this will be done
Furness Road opposite Borans: flood waters coming from behind the houses should be stopped when the work behind John’s Grove is complete as the water is coming from the overflow at the corner of the field and flowing down the ditch to the lowest point.
We discussed the reason why we brought Hanley Pepper on board and it was agreed that they could contact Alan to arrange a meeting if required to go over the scheme with a view to report to resident on how the scheme will work technically and not to second guess Kilgallen or the County Council. It was also agreed that if there are any questions residents would like answered if they could put a list together and the JCA would forward same to Alan he would detail answers or arrange a further meeting on same.
Commencement, due to various problems with the fish and wild life in the area the major work can not begin till May’10. However, most of the necessary meeting of land owners and residents have now begun and will be complete in a short time assuming agreement can be reached and the OPW are available to do the work. Some of the work which is not prohibited will go ahead as soon as possible.
The flooding in Sallins will take priority over Johnstown; however, the funding is available for this scheme and some work will be done in conjunction with Sallins.
€1.4m has been allocated to the Johnstown works and it is clear that KCC and OPW will carry out the works in a manner and to a standard that ensures no reoccurrence of the ongoing flooding problems. The desire is there to get this sorted once and for all.Further meetings to be held with JCA.
- · Tidy Towns
May I begin by thanking everyone who gave of their time in helping Johnstown do so well in last year’s TT competition. Martin Egan from Furness Manor deserves a special mention, cutting all the green areas from one end of the village to the other- throughout the summer. One could have taken him as our own private Council worker with the amount of time he put in. Thank you, Martin.
We earned an extra thirteen points in the Village category of the Competition in 2009, coming in at fifth place, and more importantly adding an extra €750 to the kitty!
This year we will be starting our Tidy Town’s work-nights after the An Taisce’s National Clean-up week in April. We would love your help and more importantly your ideas on how to improve the village. We usually designate a Tuesday evening as the weekly work night, and if you would like to help by giving a few hours of your time, it would certainly be appreciated.
You can give your contact details to any member of JCA or directly to me, Angela Brown, at (087 2245574) and pending on the reply, I will organize a meeting sometime in early April to hear your views on village improvements. I will also be able to email or text you as to where and when the work-party is going to meet on a particular night.
In giving an hour or two of your time occasionally would help keep Johnstown looking well for us all.
JCA have registered for the National Spring Clean event, Ireland’s largest Anti Litter Campaign. This year’s clean up event will take place in Johnstown on the Saturday 27th March.
We wish to remind all dog owners that it is an offence to allow your dog to be loose in a public place. It is also an offence to allow your dog litter in a public place. It is the owners’ responsibility to pick up their dog’s litter and dispose of it in the local waste bins or in their own waste bins.
The village paths and bridges are being fouled by dogs owned by careless owners and it is the duty of residents to ensure that dog owners are corrected or reported if necessary.
- · Kerdifftown Landfill
Following a successful campaign by local residents, including Kerdiffstown Resident Association and the JCA, it can be seen from the recent Court Case a great victory was achieved by the EPA in getting a High Court Injunction preventing the operator from accepting further waste deposits (see article below).
The JCA and Residents Association in Johnstown have over recent months been complaining to the EPA and the Company. In January 2010 an official statement was taken from our Chairman and lodged as part of the evidence required by the EPA to achieve this injunction. The official complaints form and the procedure required to follow was distributed to most residents in Johnstown over the last month or two and a number of them also submitted their complaint (form can be got if you log into EPA www.epa.ie/downloads/forms/pollution).While the injunction is a great achievement we ask all resident to log and monitor any foul smells coming from the area in the future and continue to log complaints to the EPA and our councillors and TD until this matter is resolved. Extract from Irish Times dated 23/02/2010
Landfill site halted from taking more depositsA WASTE company has been restrained by the High Court from acceptingfurther deposits for part of its landfill site near Naas after theEnvironmental Protection Agency (EPA) said it had received more than200 complaints about serious odours from the site.
For full report please follow link below
- · Proposed Bio-Energy Facility Ref. M&M Coldstores
The JCA and its members’ residents associations have filed objections against the recent planning application by M&M Coldstores for the construction of a new bio-energy facility. Our objection outlined our serious concerns about the importation of 45,000 tonnes of food waste and the storage and processing of this huge quantity of waste and the negative impact it will have on the residents due to odour, gas emissions, noise, pathogens, dust and vermin. The JCA and the other residents committees will continue to actively resist the construction of any such facility.We recommend that all residence put in an objection, even though the JCA will be forwarded an objection on behalf of the community. ·
Due to a small number of criminal incidences in the local area, it has been decided by the JCA to re- establish the Neighbourhood Watch scheme. Volunteers are needed for a sub committee, please contact any member of the committee if you are available. Neighbourhood Watch is a crime prevention programme aimed at getting local communities actively involved in observing and reporting suspicious activities. The programme involves creating a partnership between the Gardai and the community, which is designed to prevent crime and to help create a better environment in which to live.·
- Councillors/TDs Details
Anthony Lawlor FG firstname.lastname@example.org
Aine Brady FF email@example.com
Darren Scully FG firstname.lastname@example.org
Emmet Stagg Lab. email@example.com
Seamie Moore IND. firstname.lastname@example.org
Bernard Durkan FG email@example.com
Willie Callaghan FF firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Fitzpatrick FF email@example.com
|Paddy McNamara Lab firstname.lastname@example.org|
- Emergency Numbers
Kill Garda Station 045 877555
Naas Garda Station 045 884300
Dog Wardens 0598623388
EPA 01 2680100
- Local Interest
Kill Musical & Dramatic Society
If you have choir experience, or if you think you might be a budding tenor, please contact Niall Mc Donald 087-2561252
The choir, which meets for practice every Wednesday night at 8 p.m in the primary school, has an interesting programme of events lined up for the year, including a trip to sunny Italy in October.
Kill History Group
Spring & Summer 2010
Monday 22nd March: Early Kildare Motoring Bob Webster
Monday 26th April: The Curragh Plain Hugh Crawford
Monday 24th May: ‘From the Civil War to the Emergency’ Newsreels 1922-1941
Adrian MulldowneyMonday 28th June: ‘The Old House’ Kevin Lawlor
All meetings take place in the Parish Meeting Room at 8.30 p.m.
(unless otherwise indicated)
- Kill / Johnstown GAA
Web address: - www.kill.kildare.gaa.ie/
The on-going support from the people of Johnstown for your club is very much appreciated.
Weekly draw tickets available from the club and post office. Top prize is now in excess of €9,000. Draw takes place every Monday night at 10.30pm.
Bingo in the Hall every Thursday 8.30pm – 10pm, All welcome.
Football & Hurling
The club has 2 Adult football teams that play in Div 2 & 5 of the Senior Football league. If you are interested in joining please contact Clive Byrne 086 8169265. While the Hurling team play in the intermediate league, please contact Christy McDonald on 086 8717177 for more details.
Many boys and girls from Johnstown, some as young as five, are members of the Club. They are enjoying learning the skills of one or more of: football, hurling and / or camogie. If you are interested in registering your child / children please contact Paul Heaney 087 9141 768, John McCormack 086 232 0044 or drop down to the club any Sunday morning at 10.00 a.m.
Details of other events may be viewed on the clubs website:www.kill.kildare.gaa.ie/
Parties / Functions
The club has excellent facilities for parties and functions for the young and not so young. You are welcome to view the Club’s excellent facilities. Leo Durnin (Bar Manager) tel: 087-270 3117 will be pleased, at your request, to arrange a booking or viewing.
Christmas Draw Results
The Club wishes to thank the people of Johnstown for your support of this key fundraising activity. The €5,000 top prize was won by Sylvia Lawlor with the ticket sold by M. Devine. S Donohoe won the second prize of €1,000, this ticket was also sold by M Devine. Christy Kelly from Johnstown won ninth prize, a bottle of brandy, seller P. Heaney. The full list of prize winners are published on the club notice board. Come down and have a look … you might like what you see!
- · Other Events
This year is International Year of Biological Diversity and we have asked Éamon de Buitléar to come to Johnstown to give an evening talk of Ireland’s Wildlife.We think there will be a general interest amongst villagers in going along to hear/meet him. As soon as we have confirmed a date/venue we will circulate more details.
Scoil Bhríde, Kill
New School New contractors have been appointed to complete the building of the new school and it is hoped they will be back on site before the end of March. It is expected that the school will be ready to move into after Christmas next year.
As the JCA has become more established over the last 2 years, it has become necessary to request some funding to cover insurance, maintenance and sundry items which the committee have to pay from time to time. At present we would like to thank the residents who do contribute i.e. paid up members of the John’s Grove and Johnstown Manor Residence Association who contribute €5 membership and €5 Tidy Towns.
We would ask a fee of €10, €5 membership and €5 Tidy Towns contribution.
Please forward cheque made payable to Johnstown Community Association to our, Treasurer Mr. Joe O’ Carroll, Unit 4, Old Mill, Johnstown, Co Kildare. (NO CASH PLEASE)
Please complete, so a receipt can be forwarded to you
Would you like to be part of the Committee Y/N
The newsletter for June 2009 has been emailed out to all people who have signed up for it. To see a copy of the newsletter for June 2009 click here
November 14th: JCA submits views to pre-draft stage of proposed Local Area Plan for Johnstown
Following a notice issued by KCC informing the public that they were updating the Johnstown Local Area Plan (LAP). The committee of Johnstown Community Association (JCA) made a detailed submission based on an extensive survey of local residents and businesses. It is understood that a draft LAP for Johnstown will be available for public comment by April 2009 of next year.
October 3rd, 2008: JCA Committee with with KCC to discuss a range of traffic related issues.
Members of the JCA committee met two representatives of KCC in the village to discuss a range of road and traffic related issues including:
- Road surfacing
- Road markings/signs
- Parking at Shops/Restaurant
- Pedestrian Crossings
- Bus Stop
- Weight/Size Restriction
- Traffic Calming
- Realignment of junction at Boran’s
August 22nd, 2008: Opportunities at Johnstown Childcare Centre
Johnstown Childcare Centre is located in the St Johns Grove estate. The following items have been brought to our attention by the facility manager, Mr Peter Cole. He can be contacted at 045 844046
Firstly, occasionally due to staff holidays or staff sickness the crèche can find itself operating a busy day with less than the usual amount of employees. It would be very helpful for us to have a panel of local people that might come and help out in the morning on those particular days. Usually 9.30 to 12.30. If you are interested please contact Peter at the above number to find out more. It might just suit you and it’s a way to earn some extra cash.
Secondly, We do have a playschool with some spaces available for September and also 1 or 2 spaces in the Montessori class, so if you want to get the kids out of the house and grab a bit of time for yourselves give us a call.
I am also trying to get a pilates course started in the evenings at the crèche, if you are interested or know of a good trainer let me know and I will start arranging it for those Autumn and Winter evenings. Again call me at the above number.
August 21st, 2008: Planning Permission Granted for New School at Kill
Kildare Co Co granted planning permission to the Department of Education to build a new school at Kill this morning. Deputy Aine Brady has contacted Batt O'Keeffe TD, Minister for Education, and again pressed on his Department the importance of providing the new school at Kill as soon as possible. Commenting on the development she stated: 'The decision to grant planning permission is a welcome development and we must now focus on getting to the construction stage as soon as possible.'
'The Kill and Johnstown Community have an acute requirement for a new school. In recent years, the school has just managed to cater for significant influx of pupils. Kill and Johnstown have grown significantly in recent years and the current school no longer has capacity to deal with growing numbers.'
'The Community of Kill and Johnstown have shown great patience in recent years and I will keep the pressure on the Department to ensure that we get to construction as soon as possible.'
'New laws will help enure that new housing developments in the future will have to include provision of school in their plans. While this is of little comfort to Kill, it is an issue that I campaigned to have implemented and it should ensure that the problems which occured in Kill will not re-occur.'
August 14th, 2008: JCA Committee meet Kildare County Council
Members of the JCA Committee met with staff of KCC to discuss a range of issues including development of a walking route through the village, the establishment of a youth council, the Local Area Plan, community facilities at the site of the former Garden Centre, traffic calming measures, pedestrian crossings, flood prevention works and the completion of the two large estates in the village.
Further dialogue will take place on this issues in the coming months and subscribers to the email newsletter of this website will be kept informed of progress.
July 21st, 2008: JCA Submission to Planning Application for Incinerator at Rathcoole
In response to a large number of requests from residents of Johnstown, JCA submitted an obervation to the application of planning permission for the proposed waste treatment plant at Rathcoole. This proposed development's website is available at http://www.n7rrp.ie/. The Rathcoole Against Incinerator Dioxins website is available at http://www.rathcooleincinerator.org/. The submission made by JCA is as follows:
An Bord Pleanala
64, Marlborough Street
July 21, 2008
Re: Application by Energy Answers International for the construction of a Waste Thermal Treatment Plant at Behan’s Quarry, Windmill hill, Rathcoole, Co Dublin. Case Reference No PL06S.PA006 & Inspector Report PL15.PC0036
Johnstown Community Association (JCA) was formed last year to begin the process of recreating a community spirit in the village of Johnstown. All estates and areas are represented on the committee – totalling over 400 homes. Our aim is simple: “To make Johnstown a better place to live and work”.
We wish to object to the proposed N7 Resource Recovery Project planned for Behan’s Quarry in Rathcoole. Having reviewed the plethora of documents and reports available at the project website, we are most confused by the technical aspects of this proposed development.
The fact that this project has been granted ‘strategic infrastructure’ status allowing it to avoid the normal planning process is concerning as it contracts the window of opportunity for meaningful consultation to a minimum. I am sure you are well aware of the natural negative reactions to any proposed incinerator/thermal treatment plant and our fears are compounded by a lack of understanding of the science and technology behind the ‘for’ and ‘against’ arguments. As a community association, it has been impossible to review in detail all of the information available in such a short period.
We therefore request a full, independent review of the project, focusing on the following:
• The need for such a large volume facility in view of similar facilities at Duleek and Poolbeg;
• The health & safety aspects of thermal treatment of waste and in particular, airborne emissions and water runoff;
Please find enclosed the necessary €50 fee.
May 23rd, 2008: Johnstown Community Website launched
Johnstown residents can now enjoy the benefits of a website dedicated to activities in and around the village. Deputy Aine Brady TD formally launched the new website (http://www.johnstownvillage.org/) at a ceremony at the PGA National Clubhouse at Palmerstown estate, Johnstown on Friday last.
The development of the website was assisted by Pigsback.com who’s CEO, Mr Michael Dwyer, is resident in the area. The local input came from NUIM Information Technology student Kevin Rooney. Kevin worked with Nguu Ngo, Art Director at Pigsback.com, in the design and implementation of this very professional and useful website.
Commenting on the new website, Deputy Brady stated: “a recent community survey of Johnstown indicated that there is almost 100% computer ownership amongst residents, with 90% broadband usage. Coupled with the fact that over 50% of the residents of Johnstown are under 18 years of age, I am sure this new website will be heavily used in the coming months and years.”
The website is the brainchild of the Johnstown Community Association, a recently formed community group that brings together the individual estates and areas around Johnstown to give them a single voice. The association has a simple aim: ‘to make Johnstown a Better Place to Live and Work.” The chairman of the association, Mr Joe O’Carroll, explained the rational of developing this website: “even in a small village like Johnstown effective communication is difficult, given the ever increasing pressure on people’s time. This website and its associated email newsletter will greatly enhance communication within the village. All residents can register their email address at the website and will receive frequent email updates of news and events relevant to the area.”
The website includes a detailed history of the area, compiled by local historian Mr Brian McCabe, including tales of the “pickled” Earl, the “champagne” Ambassador, Michael Reynolds, John DeVoy and many more colourful characters who have graced the village in years gone by. A Heritage trail is also outlined to encourage people to familiarise themselves with the cultural aspects of the area while taking in some exercise on this 4km walk. A local business directory, a Tidy Towns section, a local planning information service and a news & events section are all available at the website also.
May 20, 2008: Street Cleaning in Johnstown
Kildare County Council has appointed a new two person team dedicated to street cleaning in the Naas region. This team will visit Johnstown twice a week to clean the streets and empty the litter bins. A meeting is being arranged between this team and the JCA to ensure that their activities are co-ordinated with the Tidy Towns Committee activities. This will ensure maximum benefit to the upkeep of the village and surrounding areas. This new appointment is a welcome boost for the village and the input of KCC in this regard is much appreciated. However, it will not replace the need for continued work be the Tidy Towns Committee and all residents in maintaining the village.
May 19, 2008: Update on Flooding Problems
Following a positive meeting between JCA and KCC, we have received a letter from Mr Joe Boland, Director of Environment & Water Services which outlines the current status of the attempts to redress the causes of the flooding in the area. The letter states: "all in all, the council remains optimistic that flood alleviation works can be carried out at Johnstown. Kilgallen & Partners [consulting engineers] carried out the preliminary onsite inspection on the same date of the areas affected by the flooding...inconjunction with Mr Joseph Keane, acting Senior Executive Engineer, KCC, as well as relevant OPW personnel". The following tasks will now be undertaken and are to be completed by the end of June:
- review of DVD submitted by JCA showing the major flooding event in January
- carry out desk study of all relevant KCC and OPW flood records in the area.
- review the previous JB Barry report which was carried out in respect of the N7 upgrade
- carry out preliminary catchment analysis incorporating the flood study report and OPW hydrometric data where available
- prepare preliminary report identifying the restrictions and mechanisms that led to flooding in Johnstown village upstream of the N7, identifying the scope of the remedial works necessary to alleviate the present flooding problems and describing the resulting cost benefit analysis associated with the execution of these works.
- Continue discussions with JCA
The input of Cllr. Willie Callaghan in setting up this meeting with KCC is appreciated.
April, 2008: Footpaths to Furness Manor
Many thanks to Cllr paddy MacNamara for championing the cause of footpaths to Furness Manor. As you know, there is no continuous footpath from the village to Furness Manor and the Playbarn. This was an issue highlight repatedly during the recent community survey. The following is the motion laid down by Cllr Mac Namara at the Council meeting in April:
Motion: That Kildare County Council examine and report on the hazard to traffic and pedestrians at Furness Manor, Johnstown. As follows: On the approach from Johnstown to Furness Manor there is a section of the roadway where there is no footpath in front of a private house. Just before this there is a telegraph pole and a concrete encased manhole. This juts out on the roadway. Cars coming from Johnstown direction swerve to avoid the pole and cross into the path of cars coming in the opposite direction. Because there is no footpath pedestrians have to walk out on the road.