THE Mayor of Killarney has welcomed the decision by the Killarney Municipal District Council to unanimously approve the Part VIII planning process for a number of new cycleways to be developed around Killarney town.
Cllr Brendan Cronin paid tribute to the members and the work carried out by council
staff in progressing what he called a transformative project.
He said by providing 3.8km segregated cycle lanes it will facilitate more vulnerable road users and it will provide important links between residential areas, schools and sporting facilities.
“These improved walking and cycling facilities will have a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of the community and will help to improve traffic flow by facilitating a modal shift from cars to cycling and walking,” Cllr Cronin said.
The project includes Rock Road, Upper Lewis Road, Park Road, Deerpark Road and the Gaelscoil Faithleann Road.
The mayor highlighted, in particular, the level of public involvement during the consultation phase.
“I was delighted with the very significant levels of community engagement in the process which included an online webinar and over 90 submissions to the planning process. The overwhelming majority of submissions welcome the cycle lanes project and a number of amendments were made to address concerns raised in the submissions,” he said.
He also paid tribute to the elected members on the council who recognised the importance of the project and worked closely with the communities around Killarney, raising issues on their behalf and ensuring that this is a project that will be welcomed round Killarney town.