Wildlife area may be created at Cloonbeg

The tract of land behind the houses in Cloonbeg where it is proposed to create wildlife ponds and develop flora and fauna.
The tract of land behind the houses in Cloonbeg where it is proposed to create wildlife ponds and develop flora and fauna.

Simon Brouder

TRALEE'S Save The Green Committee, the lobby group which works to protect and improve the Town Park and its environs, are seeking support from Tralee Town Council to upgrade and landscape a large tract of land adjoining the town park at the rear of Cloonbeg Terrace.

The land, located between Cloonbeg Terrace and The Dan Spring Road opposite the Carlton Hotel is currently unused and while the site is not described as an eyesore, the committee feel its appearance could be greatly improved by landscaping, including the creation of wildlife ponds and the planting of various wild fauna and trees.

Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) have already pledged €25,000 to support the plan and the Save The Green Committee are now seeking financial support form Tralee Town Council and various local businesses to advance the proposal.

Save The Green have already had an study of the site carried out by ecologist Dr Mary O'Connor and local environmental and wildlife experts Frank King and Don Nolan have also made submissions on the sites potential.

It is not proposed to create a public park and if the work does go ahead, no paths will be installed and the area will remain sealed off to the public and will be allowed develop naturally.

Residents of Cloonbeg Terrace have been consulted and have backed the plan provided the park is not a public area which they fear could lead to public order issues.

The residents have also raised concerns about potential flooding. The Save the Green Committee say they are well aware of the potential flooding risk and any work on the site would include a comprehensive flood water alleviation and run off system.

If the project moves ahead, Save The Green Chairman, Tommy Collins, said the group is willing to take responsibility for managing and overseeing planning process and any work on site.

The group, which was set up in 1969, previously took responsibility for a similar project in 1979 when they oversaw the redevelopment of Páirc an Phiarsaigh.

Tralee Town Council has given the proposal, which was presented to councillors on Monday, a cautious welcome and Town Manager Michael McMahon has said council staff will be made available to help the committee prepare a full plan for the site.


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