Thursday, 19 January 2023
Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government
236. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the current position in regard to the implementation of the proposals for the alleviation of traffic congestion including the provision of an outer relief road at Naas, County Kildare; the extent to which the project is expect to proceed in line with the wishes of the local community and vast majority of public representatives; the status of the proposals at present, with particular reference to the need to set the proposals in motion in early date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2593/23]
As set out in the reply to Question No 255 of 01 December 2022 and Question No 298 of 15 November 2022, the Naas Inner Relief Road project was cancelled by Kildare County Council following the rejection of the Part 8 planning application for the road by the elected members of the council in mid-2019. As the infrastructure was not proceeding, the Local Infrastructure Housing Activation Fund (LIHAF) funding agreement was cancelled at that time.
My Department currently has no other funding allocated or project agreement in place with Kildare County Council to facilitate any housing-related road infrastructure in Naas. Overall responsibility for roads policy and funding is a matter for my colleague the Minister for Transport.