New phase to give town centre a major facelift

How it will look: The view from Princes Street looking north

PUBLIC consultation has commenced this week on the next phase of multi-million euro enhancement works in Tralee town centre.

The new phase of upgrading works follows the allocation of funding under the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund and construction is expected to commence at the beginning of 2022, following public consultation and a tendering process.

The third phase will see a continuation of improvements completed on The Mall and those currently underway in the Russell Street and Bridge Street area.

The proposed works will provide pedestrian friendly linkages between the Island of Geese site – the former Denny factory – and the town centre. Road widths are being reduced to slow traffic movements and footpaths widths are being increased to enhance pedestrian safety.

Plans: The view from Gas Terrace looking south

Public realm improvements will be carried out along six streets and junctions including:

  • Staughton’s Row and Godfrey Place
  • New Road and the Island of Geese
  • Lower Rock Street
  • Lower Castle Street
  • Bill Booley’s Lane
  • Bridge Lane

The proposals have been published on the Kerry County Council website and submissions, as part of the Part VIII planning process must be submitted by 5.00pm on May 14 next.

Planning ahead: The view from the Garda Station looking north

Welcoming the plans, Mayor of Tralee, Cllr Terry O’Brien, said the investment in the town centre was continuing at an important time for businesses, shoppers and residents.

“This work will further enhance the public realm in the town centre for the benefit of everyone who lives in and visits our beautiful town. I would encourage everyone to participate in the public consultation process and to share your views with us as local councillors,” he said.

Plans and particulars of the proposed development are available on the Kerry County Council website, www.kerrycoco.ie. Submissions and observations may be made in writing, clearly marked ‘Part 8 – Tralee Town Centre Pavements – Phase 3’ and sent to the Administrative Officer, Kerry County Council, Roads, Transportation and Marine Department, Room 115, Áras an Chontae, Rathass, Tralee, or by e-mail to [email protected].