Major step forward in parking crux dilemma

A walk in the park: Eileen O’Donoghue, Killarney Municipal District Officer, David Doyle, Senior Engineer, Kerry County Council, Moira Murrell, Chief Executive, Kerry County Council and Angela McAllen, Manager, Killarney Muncipal District check out the new car park on Rock Road.
Picture: Valerie O’Sullivan

KILLARNEY Chamber of Tourism and Commerce has described the newly opened car and bus park on Rock Road as a hugely important development in the heart of the town and noted that the advantages of the new facility will be best seen during the busy summer season.

The new development, officially opened on Wednesday, will also improve parking opportunities at the busy Lewis Road site given that buses will be redirected from there to Rock Road.

Chamber President, Paul Sherry, said the new facility is a major plus for Killarney and huge credit is due to the management, staff and elected members of the Municipal District Council for their vision and their commitment.

“Not only will it provide extra parking options on a busy approach road to the town but it will be a great advantage for parents dropping off and collecting their children at the nearby schools.

Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce President Paul Sherry

“The new facility looks remarkable and the attractive traditional stone walls and pillars really give the whole area a lift,” Mr Sherry said.

The business body chief noted that when plans for the new car park were first revealed in October 2017, the Chamber said it was not the silver bullet that would solve the town’s traffic problems but it would certainly help and that is very clear following Wednesday’s opening.

“As outlined on a recent deputation to the council, traffic management and parking is the number one concern for Chamber members and we have worked and will continue to work closely with the Killarney Municipal District executive and councillors to find further solutions going forward.

Mr Sherry said Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce looks forward to the completion of other car parking plans which are currently under consideration.

“The Chamber fully recognises that land procurement is far from straight forward and no easy task in Killarney but continued efforts must be made by everybody to ensure the town is given every opportunity to progress in a proper, structured and sustainable manner,” Mr Sherry stated.

The Chamber also acknowledged the major role played by the Sisters of Mercy who made land available for the new car park and Mr Sherry thanked them for their generosity, their great sense of civic spirit and for the great role they have played and continue to play in Killarney.

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