AN oral hearing into the CPO process to acquire land on which to construct a planned sewage plant in Ballylongford has been cancelled after a landowner withdrew his objection.
The withdrawal of the objection now means that the long-awaited waste water treatment plant projects for Ballylongford and Tarbert can go out to the tender.
A Bord Pleanála oral hearing was scheduled to take place in the Listowel Arms on September 25 into the compulsory acquisition process to acquire the land needed for the Ballylongford waste water plant that Kerry County Council had initiated in recent years. One landowner in Ballylongford had objected to the CPO.
The objection was withdrawn this week following agreement over the purchasing of the land between Kerry County Council and the landowner.
The council already own the land on which it will develop the Tarbert plant.
The council says it is likely that both plants will go out to tender as the one project.
Local county councillor Liam Purtill - who was in talks with the landowner on the council's behalf - has welcomed the news.
"This is a project that could be worth between €2.5 and €3 million, and I'm delighted that it will now proceed to the tender stage as the plants are very badly needed in both communities," Cllr Purtill said.