Call to advance Tralee-Fenit walkway

FIANNA Fáil councillor John Brassil is calling on management at Kerry County Council to advance the TraleeFenit walkway as a matter of priority.

At Monday's budget meeting of Kerry County Council Cllr Brassil said the walkway, which has been in the pipeline for several years, had the potential to revitalise the entire area and would provide a major boost to Fenit and Tralee.

"I wholly support this project. I have heard of a similar project in Mayo and there have been rave reviews about it. I'd ask management to do everything in their power to help get this over the line," said Cllr Brassil.

While some work has been completed on the route a lack of funding and disputes with some landowners whose lands border sections of the walkway have delayed the project which appears unlikely to be completed and opened to the public in the near future.

Work on the latest phase of the walkway did begin this week when council staff began surfacing work on the Tralee section of the route.

This latest phase of works comes after The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport provided a € 200,000 grant to Kerry County Council to advance the long awaited walkway to it's next stage.

It is hoped the Tralee-Fenit walk and cycleway could eventually become part of an European initiative called EuroVelo which was set up to help develop cycleways all across Europe.