€400,000 more to be spent to make streets safer

€45,000 will be spent on providing a parklet and footpath widening on College Street with an additional €50,000 budgeted for College Square

SEVERAL streets in Killarney are to benefit to the tune of €400,000 following confirmation of grants totalling €793,000 for Kerry County Council, KillarneyToday.com can confirm.

The funding is provided under an additional outdoor infrastructure fund as part of the Safe Streets programme.

Mayor of Killarney, Cllr Brendan Cronin, welcomed the funding for specific areas within the town which has been approved by the National Transport Authority.

“Every effort must be made to utilise this money for the benefit of local businesses and to make provision for public safety for everybody visiting the town,” he said.

210,000 will be spent on Upper High Street with an additional €15,000 going to improve communal space for outdoor dining

The additional funding is for measures such as traffic management and road and street public realm improvements which will enable people to walk, cycle and meet outdoors in a safer way as Covid-19 restrictions are eased,

The money will be spent on the provision of physical infrastructure including parklets, planters, build-outs and coverings.

The fund also provides for Safe Destination signage which promotes Kerry as a safe place to visit for recreation and work.

Mayor Brendan Cronin: Utilise the money well

The areas of Killarney to benefit are:

  • Upper High Street: €10,000 for the allocation of space using temporary kerb to ensure pedestrians are t a safe social distance
  • New Street car park upper: €10,000 for road/street space reallocation
  • New Street: €10,000 for road/street space reallocation
  • Fair Hill/College Street: €10,000 for road street/works to ensure social distancing measures for pedestrians
  • Glebe car park: €40,000 for the reallocation of car parking spaces to create a public realm
  • High Street outdoor dining: €15,000 the enhance the existing public realm to provide communal space
  • Beech Road: €45,000 to reallocate car parking spaces to create a public realm
  • College Square: €50,000 to reallocate car parking spaces to create a public realm
  • Main Street: €40,000 to provide a parklet and footpath widening
  • College Street: €45,000 to provide a parklet and footpath widening
  • South Well Lane: €125,000 for pedestrianisation

In other areas throughout the county, €194,404 has been approved for works in Listowel, €84,982 for the Castleisland and Corca Dhuibhne district, €41,000 for Tralee, €25,000 for Killorglin, €30,000 for Caherciveen and €15,000 for Kenmare.