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‘People deserve to be treated with respect’

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

AN Bórd Pleanála has been urged to announce its planning decision on the controversial South Kerry Greenway without any further delay.

A Kerry councillor said the people of south Kerry deserve to be treated with respect and not be left hanging with one postponed announcement after another.

Cllr Michael Cahill said 10 months have now passed since the four-week oral hearing commenced in Tralee and everybody involved expected that the decision would have been known by now.

Cllr Michael Cahill: Decision is overdue

“I understand that we had a change of government and I know the interruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic but this announcement is long past due,” he said.

“The future plans of the majority of businesses in south Kerry depend on whether or not this project gets the go ahead,” Cllr Cahill stressed.

“All stakeholders await the decision which will have such a major bearing on the livelihoods of generations to come and it should be delayed no longer,” he added.

He said a positive decision in granting approval for the greenway would be a “game-changer” for all of south Kerry and beyond and he remains hopeful that is what the outcome will be.

The proposed €20 million 32km greenway, running between Glenbeigh and Renard, on the Iveragh Peninsula in south Kerry, was first mooted in 2011 and after failing to meet agreement with nearly many landowners, Kerry County Council moved to acquire 115 acres by compulsory purchase order.

 

The route would mainly be constructed on the corridor of the abandoned Great Southern railway line

The proposed greenway would run parallel to the Ring of Kerry but the project would impact on 222 landholdings and 197 landowners and that matter was the subject of extensive public consultations over the past decade.

The route would mainly be constructed on the corridor of the abandoned Great Southern railway line with off-line sections being constructed on adjacent lands and local roads with the greenway securely fenced off from adjoining landholdings

It would include the provision of car parks and the upgrading of existing bridges and tunnels along the disused railway line.

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