Hopes high for greenway green light

The proposed route for the South Kerry Greenway (marked in red) runs from Glenbeigh to Renard

WITH confirmation that a decision on the controversial South Greenway project is now due from An Bord Pleanála by October 9, the Mayor of Kerry said he is hopeful that there will be no further delays.

Cllr Patrick Connor-Scarteen said he hopes the planning appeals board will give the project the green light.

”It’s vital for Kerry,” he insisted.

Long-time greenway supporter Cllr Michael Cahiill, meanwhile, said he is very hopeful that the decision will be a positive one.

Mayor Patrick Connor Scarteen
Cllr Michael Cahill

“This project is vital – and I stress vital – for all of Kerry but particularly for Caherciveen and the Iveragh Penilsula,” he said.

“I see this as a game-changer and I said that before the Covid-19 pandemic came to our country,” Cllr Cahill added.

He said regions like south Kerry, which have been decimated by emigration, will find it even more difficult to survive without projects like the greenway.

An Bord Pleanála held a four-week oral hearing into the proposed development of the 32km walking and cycle route, from Glenbeigh to Renard, last October and November.

115 acres of land is required for the €20 million project but it would involve the compulsory purchase of land by Kerry County Council.

A decision from the planning board has been expected but deferred on a number of occasions but it is now due in a matter of weeks.

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