Demand to know costs of Safe Streets plan

The mobility plan was prepared with regard to the government roadmap for reopening business and society

KERRY County Council is to be asked to divulge exactly how much money has been spent on the Safe Streets campaign implemented in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Cllr Jackie Healy-Rae has tabled a question for next Monday’s meeting of the local authority to ascertain how much the mobility plan has cost to date.

He wants to know how much was funded by the council’s own resources and how much was provided by way of grants.

“Can a breakdown of the cost be given per municipal district and a breakdown given on what the money was spent on, listing all materials and their quantities?” he asked.

Cllr Healy-Rae wants to know the exact spend on bollards, machinery, labour costs and anything else that was spent on the project.

Cllr Jackie Healy-Rae
Cllr Donal Grady

He will also ask council officials to provide details of any funding paid to outside contractors for the purpose of the town centre mobility plan.

Killarney councillor Donal Grady has already sought legal advice regarding the Safe Streets campaign and he is seeking for streets to return to what existed prior to the measures, claiming that councillors were not consulted.

Killarney Municipal District Manager, Angela McAllen, said the plan was prepared with regard to the government roadmap for reopening business and society and in accordance with the public health advice at the time.

Angela McAllen: Details of plan outline via Webex

“The mobility plan was a suite of temporary measures implemented in our major towns across the county in response to the emergency situation due to risks associated with the Covid-19 virus on society and the urgency to prepare for the safe reopening of business,” she said.

Ms McAllen stressed that details of the plans were initially outlined to councillors via an online Webex meeting and members subsequently provided an input prior to engaging in public consultation.

“The mobility plans across the county were developed to support businesses in reopening and to restore confidence with the general public in having a safer environment in which to visit and shop in our towns whilst allowing for adherence with public health guidance, particularly on social distancing requirements,” Ms McAllen stated.

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