Press Release 22.05.2018
Kerdiffstown remediation and public park creation receives planning approval from An Bord Pleanala
Kildare County Council is pleased that plans to fully remediate the landfill at Kerdiffstown, and turn it into a public park with amenities, have been approved by An Bord Pleanala*.
This Planning Permission marks another milestone for the project. Upon completion, the works will significantly reduce the potential environmental impact the site could have on the surrounding area. This will put an end to all issues that have resulted in odours in the past, and pave the way for a new public park, which is a much-needed asset for the expanding populations of Naas, Sallins, Johnstown, Kill and beyond.
The park design - which you can see here - includes three all-weather sports pitches (two full-size; one smaller), a children’s playground, nature and wildlife areas, and walking routes for people to enjoy.
As the park will be located on the site of a former landfill, it will need continuous aftercare and environmental monitoring by Kildare County Council. The details of this aftercare will be stipulated in the EPA licences the Council must obtain before remediation can begin, and these licences ensure that the upkeep and maintenance of the site/park will always be a priority. Furthermore, the licences will include security measures such as fencing, controlled access, and other arrangements, so the park will be a very secure area.
The Council submitted an application for a remediation licence to the EPA in September 2017.
The EPA is expected to make its decision this summer.
The Council hopes that contractors will be in place to commence works by Quarter 3, 2019. Once underway, works are projected to take six years to complete. In the meantime, Kildare County Council will expedite the other actions needed to prepare for the remediation, including road upgrades, archaeological investigations, acquiring lands, and site investigations and assessments.
You can review project assessments and licence application documents by clicking on the links below.
*Planning approval is subject to an eight week judicial review.
ENDHead Office: Áras Chill Dara, Devoy Park, Naas, Co Kildare. W91 X77F