Senator Fiona O’Loughlin calls for development levies to be used to help a second bridge in Newbridge

Speaking in the Seanad this week Kildare based Senator Fiona O’Loughlin called for development levies to fund a second bridge in Newbridge.

O’Loughlin said “This morning I attended the official sod turning for the €75 million development of the new Primark distribution hub. This will not only provide employment but it will also provide significant development levies, to the tune of about €3.5 million.”

“When we put that with the development levies that came from the recently built Lidl extension, that’s another 3.5 million making 7 million in development levies there. Under Kildare County Council 71.8 percent of commercial development levies go to roads, and 8.4 percent go to recreation and amenity.”

“The point that I’m making is that there are millions of euros coming in to Kildare County Council for that area in Newbridge and at the moment there is a huge imbalance between the number of developments and housing that has been built and what is being spent on community recreation and on roads.

O’Loughlin concluded “The biggest issue, is the need for a second bridge coming into Newbridge. We need to see that spent on a second bridge and we need oversight from the Department of local government to ensure that development levies are being spent in the very best way they can to service the needs of the community.”