CONCERNS have been raised about plans to provide emergency vehicular access along a new cycleway and walkway running from Ross Road to Flesk Bridge in Killarney.
It is understood that some residents have made their views known to local councillors after learning that provision is being made for emergency vehicular access to and from Killarney Racecourse as well as two emergency pedestrian access points.
It is further believed that Kerry County Council is determined to proceed with the project which will provide a continuous off-road route between the national park at Knockreer and the park at Muckross and site clearance work has already commenced.
The land required for the project was purchased in 2016, the necessary Part 8 planning process was undertaken and the required public consultation phase concluded in December of 2017.
A total of 11 submissions or observations were received within the prescribed public consultation period, including correspondence from residents of Priory Paddocks, Castle Falls, Flesk Road and The Priory as well as Cyclist.ie, An Taisce, Inland Fisheries Ireland and Transport Infrastructure Ireland.
Kerry County Council officials previously said eight of the 11 submissions specifically supported the development and while others sought assurances, no objections were received.
It has now emerged, however, that there are growing concerns about the proposed emergency vehicular access with some residents in Priory Paddocks and Castle Falls claiming that the matter had not been raised with them or brought to their attention in advance.
The cycleway route will run through the townlands of Woodlawn, Bunrower, Scrahane and Demesne – including a section of the Maurice O’Donoghue Memorial Park – and the proposed works will consist of the construction of a 2.5m wide cycleway and walkway with boundary walls and fences and all associated ancillary and accommodation works.
Killarney Municipal District Manager, Angela McAllen, has previously described the project as “a world class facility that will greatly enhance Killarney,” adding that in linking the parks, it will effectively give access to 20 miles of off-road cycleway.
The government has approved €450,000 in funding to advance the greenway-style route running alongside the River Flesk.
Killarney Municipal District Council purchased land from Killarney Racecourse and a private landowner to allow for the completion of the development.
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