WHILE proposals for the new South Kerry Greenway continues to cause intense controversy, plans for the development of a 10.5km greenway from Listowel to the Limerick county bounds have been approved by councillors in the Listowel Municipal District.
The North Kerry Greenway will be developed along a disused railway line which is in the ownership of Kerry County Council and it will link up with the Great Southern Trail which extends from Abbeyfeale for 40km into County Limerick.
The decision comes a week after councillors in the Tralee Municipal District voted to approve planning for the Tralee-Fenit Greenway and follows the recent submission of a planning application to An Bord Pleanála for the development of the South Kerry Greenway.
Councillors today approved a report on the North Kerry Greenway which itemised and considered the 98 submissions received during the public consultation on the project. A public information day was also held in Listowel on May 24 and it was attended by approximately 200 people while the detailed plans for the route were made available in council offices and on the council website.
The 10.5km route will run from Ballygowloge – at the Tim Kennelly roundabout in Listowel – to the boundary with County Limerick and it will take in 10 townlands. The works will be carried out in one phase and will consist of the clearance of the line, the laying of a three-metre wide tarmacadam surface, provision of traffic calming measures and the reinstatement of drainage and agricultural underpasses where necessary.
Cathaoirleach of the Listowel Municipal District, Cllr Aoife Thorton, remarked: “This is a very significant day for north Kerry. The development of the North Kerry Greenway represents a major boost for tourism and the local economy”.
Kerry County Council will now apply for funding to develop the greenway.
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