FEARS are mounting for the future of Tralee Technology Park and the Ballylongford landbank because of plans that would see both transfered to a new company based at Shannon Airport.
The plans are the result of the winding-down of Shannon Development; the company largely responsible for the success of the Technology Park and the attraction of a major potential investor to the landbank.
However, under government plans, a new company based at Shannon Airport might soon take control of both sites leading to fears here of limited future success for the technology park and further upset for the landbank plans.
Mayor of Tralee Johnnie Wall raised the issue at county and town council meetings on Monday where he called for the lands to be transferred to the local authority.
"The ownership of the park, the landbank and properties in Listowel and Tarbert could well be transferred to this new Shannon Airport company that's being created at the moment and I would be very concerned about a company from outside the county being truly committed to development here. What would happen if a company came along to them looking to locate? I would fear they would be encouraged to set-up in the Shannon zone," he said.
Chairman of Shannon Development John Brassil said he is not party to the discussions over the formation of the new company, but shared Mayor Wall's concerns.
"Kerry Tecnology Park has been a huge success and I would be concerned about whether that level of success would be upheld by an agency outside the county," he said.
"Shannon Development has four people based in Kerry and working on nothing other than Kerry projects. My concern would be that the new company would have no people working in Kerry and would just take the funding without any real gain here."