Kildare Inland Waterways Association of Ireland Submission

Uimhir Thagarta Uathúil: 
KCC-C55-445
Stádas: 
Submitted
Údar: 
IWAI Kildare (Kildare Branch, Inland Waterways Association of Ireland
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IWAI Kildare (Kildare Branch, Inland Waterways Association of Ireland

Litir Chumhdaigh

The Inland Waterways Association of Ireland (IWAI) is a voluntary body of waterways’ enthusiasts, founded in 1954. It was formed to promote and encourage the use and development of Ireland’s navigable waterways.

Observations

Comments on the Draft Kildare County Development Plan 2023 - 2029

Part 4 Resilient Economy & Job Creation 
p38, REO137: Corbally Harbour: When the large silt build-up (i.e. the island) in the harbour is 
removed, this will make an ideal space for vessels large and small. It will also be a tourist destination 
for those boating, cycling and walking between Sallins and Corbally, and will be an ideal stop-over 
for refreshments when the Greenway extends further south to Newbridge. There are several business 
opportunities, such as hiring kayaks and canoes, barge trips between Naas and Corbally Harbours, 
providing refreshments, a place for boats and barges to stay awhile in the Kildare countryside. 


p42, REP27: The Kildare Branch of the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland (IWAI), welcomes 
and supports this objective.


p42, REO154: Users of the local waterways would undoubtedly like to work with KCC, Waterways 
Ireland, and local and touring boats in creating ways for berthing and in creating additional mooring 
locations. 


As well as the Naas Harbour Quarter (described in Naas LAP), the economies of many other local 
areas would benefit from extra moorings; examples include Lullymore, Robertstown north of the 
canal, Rathangan on both sides of the bridge, Sallins extending to Soldier’s Island, and both sides of 
Newbridge Road where it blocks the Corbally Canal. 


p42, RE O155 Circular Boating Route: The Green and Silver Route is 356 km long with a total of 93 
locks. It is a spectacular boating experience through urban and rural waterways commemorating an 
original journey made back in 1946. The engineering challenges faced by the builders of the Grand 
and Royal Canals over 220 years ago are striking; they built aqueducts, lifting and swivel bridges, 
single and double locks, and harbours; and they succeeded in creating canals through the bog.

Comments on the Draft Kildare County Development Plan 2023 - 2029

p29 13.6.1: This is a very positive initiative, which is welcomed and supported by Kildare IWAI.

p32 LRO39: IWAI Kildare welcome the use of former commercial bogs as not just a way of lowering carbon emissions from this island, but also as a way to provide healthy recreation for our citizens.  It is yet another way to encourage locals and visitors biking, boating and walking to explore the Kildare countryside and its attractions.   

p32 LRO4: This area is not directly in Kildare IWAI’s typical ‘territory’; however, as it is connected to the Barrow Line, we are keen to encourage this endeavour. 

p33, LRO50: IWAI Kildare is pleased to see this statement.

p33, LRO51 (a) Naas to Corbally Harbours and (b) Corbally Harbour to Newbridge.

IWAI Kildare welcome the extending of the Grand Canal Greenway to Corbally Harbour, and extending this recreational facility to the people of Newbridge, Kilcullen and Athgarvan.  

p33, LRO52: The extension to Corbally Harbour with moorings, slipways, cafe and a service block, will create an ideal tourist destination for those navigating Kildare Canals and encourage people to stay awhile and explore the amenities available to visitors in Kildare.  It will also encourage local people to set up small businesses hiring kayaks and canoes, providing barge trips and refreshments.    

p36, LRA11: We commend Kildare County Council’s wish to regenerate old routes on water and land for recreation use; this is yet another way to encourage locals and visitors biking, boating and walking to explore the Kildare countryside and its attractions.   

We welcome the extension of the Grand Canal Greenway to Corbally Harbour and also the extension of this recreational facility to the people of Newbridge, Kilcullen and Athgarvan.  

Comments on the Draft Kildare County Development Plan 2023 - 2029

p36: We commend KCC for ensuring Wind Farms do not impinge on the waterways in Kildare.  

p52: Particular attention should be given to how perspective schemes would be observed from scenic routes, scenic viewpoints and hilltop views, in particular those associated with the Royal and Grand Canals, and River Barrow.

We commend KCC for taking into consideration the views across Kildare waterways in any development proposed in the areas around them.    

Faisnéis

Uimhir Thagarta Uathúil: 
KCC-C55-445
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Submitted
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1
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