Bord fixes early date for hearing

Dónal Nolan

An Bord Pleanála will hold an oral hearing into the CPO for the Listowel Bypass on Tuesday, September 5, an earlier date than anticipated by many in town.

All landowners, business people and residents along the proposed route to have made submissions on the planning process which is underway and they will be invited to share their views face-to-face with inspectors of the appeals board at the hearing in the Listowel Arms.

A decision to grant or refuse permission for the CPOs is expected by November 11 next, with the oral hearing set to provide the Bord with crucial evidence to inform the decision.

Local Fianna Fáil County Councillor Jimmy Moloney is now calling on everyone affected by the bypass to attend the hearing.

"It's not clear how many submissions the Bord received but with up to 70 landowners, between farmers, and roadside residents affected it's likely to have been a considerable number, comprised of both group and individual submissions."

It is hoped the early date will not put too many off, coming as it does at a busy time for the town in its preparations for the Races starting the following week.

"My own view is that I have never seen any town truly benefiting from a bypass and if it is granted Kerry County Council will have to make a major commitment to market the town and provide incentives for people to come in."

Many business people are opposed to the bypass amid fears it will discourage shoppers from Listowel to the advantage of larger centres nearby.