Council chief to address Chamber AGM

Kerry County Council Chief Executive Office Moira Murrell who will deliver the keynote address at the Chamber AGM

THE Chief Executive of Kerry County Council will address the controversial issue of traffic management, congestion and car parking at the annual general meeting of the Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce.

She has agreed to speak on the whole area of transportation and movement in and around the town at the business community gathering in the Killarney Avenue Hotel on Thursday of next week.

In September the Chamber had identified traffic management as the biggest single issue facing the town and expressed concern about the delay in implementing a proper and practical traffic management system.

It said almost two years after Killarney Municipal District Council took delivery of a traffic management review, it was “a significant worry” that the gridlock experienced in the summer of 2018, by locals and visitors, was unprecedented.

Traffic gridlock at the Michael Moynihan Roundabout in Killarney

The business body, which represents over 200 members, said the growth of the entire county of Kerry depends on Killarney, as the premier tourist destination, continuing to prosper but it will be unable to do so without adequate traffic management.

“There is a clear and present threat that the Killarney brand will be significantly damaged if the local authority does not act, as a matter of priority, to solve the town’s traffic problems and implement the main findings of the traffic management review,” the Chamber said in a statement.

While acknowledging the efforts of the council’s elected members and management, the Chamber said it appears that the town is not adequately prepared or best positioned to cope with demand in terms of required traffic flow, parking requirements and congestion issues.

It said progress is being hindered by the absence of a clear parking management strategy and by the recommendations of the report not being implemented.

“Killarney Chamber, has, in its meetings with the Killarney Municipal District management, since 2015, continually highlighted the traffic management issue as the top priority for our members,” the statement read.

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