(Many thanks to the Liffey Champion, Leinster Leader and their reporters for providing us with these local stories)
Staffing shortages blamed for Kilcock Library delay
By Peter Kelly (Liffey Champion, page 3)
Staff shortages within the Library Service in County Kildare are to blame for a 14 month delay in the opening of the new Kilcock Library, according to the County Librarian. Responding to criticism about the decision not to open the new library at The Lamps until June of next year, Breda Gleeson explained that staff shortages meant there was no other option.
The library service’s latest facility opened in Kildare Town on Monday (12th April) but before Kildare County Council was in a position to launch that service, staff were first reallocated from Leixlip Library and its headquarters. Ms Gleeson told councillors on Tuesday (13th April) that those cuts had left the library service without any spare bodies to deal with capital projects.
Explaining the reasons for a June 2011 opening, Ms Gleeson said the Library Service might not be able to allocate staff to the project until September. “It needs the full attention of one person and in the current staffing context, we can’t do it,” said Ms Gleeson.
“We’ll do our best to bring it forward but we can’t commit to a sooner date. June 2011 is realisable.” Ms Gleeson added that if one staff member was assigned to the project on a full-time basis, it would still take six months to bring the library from a rough wall finish to opening.
“Things are very difficult around the county” said Ms Gleeson. “To free up people, we would have to cut hours in other libraries. “I’m not happy sitting here saying this. We definitely will make it by then (June 2011) and make every effort to make it before that.”
Cllr Liam Doyle (FF) asked that, with the sale of the old Kilcock library having brought in €1.3m for the library service and good deal of work already done in the chosen site, everything should be done to advance the project quickly.
“The whole town could do with an injection,” he added. “The town is waiting in the hope that it won’t take another 12 months.” Cllr Pádraig McEvoy (Ind) said he realised staffing was a difficult balancing act to perform for the library service but stressed the benefit a new library will have on Kilcock.
He said: “It’s about giving the town a sense of life. It will invigorate in an emotional way.” The property set to house the new library is currently in the process of being purchased by Kildare County Council. Under an agreement reached between the developer and local authority, the developer will complete the property to library specification with work already under way.
Once complete, the Library Service will progress the fit out and stocking of the new library.
New Road, Kilcock closure dates confirmed
By Peter Kelly (Liffey Champion, page 13)
New Road in Kilcock is closed on Monday (12th April) for the next four weeks. The closure marks the start of the latest round of works on the Lower Liffey Valley Regional Sewerage Scheme, upgrading sewerage infrastructure in Kilcock.
The Council is putting in place alternative traffic management arrangements for the duration of the closure, which will last until 10th May. That plan includes the reversal of normal traffic direction for School Street for traffic travelling from the Church Street, Dunshaughlin and Dunboyne directions to pass through the Square.
Motorists accessing the town are being urged to proceed with caution at the junction of Bridge Street and School Street as a result of the traffic management changes. Diversions are to be put in place for HGV’s and other road users wishing to take alternative routes.
A temporary bus stop is also being set up outside Allied Irish Bank on Harbour Street as an alternative to the bus stop in the Square, which will be out of action for the duration of the road closure.
Dublin Bus passengers are advised to use the temporary bus top on Harbour Street for all services as the Church Street bus stop will not be operational. However, outbound Bus Éireann services will stop along Church Street as usual although Dublin-bound services will instead stop at Harbour Street.
The Council has also advised that there will be no pedestrian access to New Road during the work.
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