THERE has been a very broad welcome for a major new safety improvement and village enhancement scheme planned for Kilcummin village, details of which were rubber-stamped today.
Killarney Municipal District Council voted unanimously in favour of accepting the recommendations of its chief executive in relation to the project which has been subjected to the required planning regulations with consideration given to the five submissions received during the public consultation phase.
The proposed works will involve:
- Traffic calming and safety improvements in the village
- The provision of a public plaza in the centre of the village to be used as a public amenity
- The provision of two raised pedestrians crossings to increase accessibility and reduce vehicular speeds through the village
- The construction of footpaths and the undergrounding of powerlines to enhance the village by creating easier access and reducing poles and overhead lines
- The provision of a one-way system on the school road which will offer greater safety during drop-off and collection times
Following consideration of the issues raised in the five submissions and discussions with the relevant landowners, the council chief executive recommended proceeding with the development as initially proposed but with a number of modifications.
They will include the removal of a proposal to construct a 1.8m footpath outside the post office and a proposal to construct a raised uncontrolled pedestrian crossing to the front of the same building.
The planned plaza area will be replaced with a two-meter wide footpath with the remainder of the area to be landscaped with low-level suitable pollinators and plans to widen the southern junction of the School Road will be discontinued.
The modifications will also replace a proposal to construct 33m of 1.8, footpath on the northern side of the centre at Chapel Cross with 33m of kerb line and low-laying planting.
Cllr Marie Moloney, who lives in Kilcummin and has spearheaded the campaign seeking the village enhancement scheme planned, said everyone is more than satisfied by what has been proposed.
“The people of Kilcummin are absolutely delighted and thrilled,” she said.
Cllr Moloney added that the use of the word plaza caused a great deal of discussion and amusement in the parish and locals were laughing at it.
“We’re a country folk – we have a language that we understand,” she quipped.
All councillors praised Killlarney Municipal District Area engineer John Ahern and council official Stephen Sheahan, the committee that led the project and Cllr Marie Moloney for their enormous input in bringing the project to fruition.
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