County council urged to find land for campervans to park and to create a Code of Conduct for those visiting Kenmare
There have been calls for Kerry County Council to find land for campervans in Kenmare which are being parking along the pier road, leaving no room for locals to park to go for a walk.
The issue of campervans in Kerry was high on the agenda of councillors at this month’s municipal meeting as Cllr Norma Moriarty (FF) called for a Code of Conduct for camper vans in Kerry similar to that which was drawn up in Donegal.
Such a code is to be examined under a review of the Kerry Tourism strategy and will be discussed with Fáilte Ireland and registered caravan and camping park owners, management said in response.
Cllr Normal Moriarty said that the Kenmare Municipal District receives a “considerable cohort of such visitors” and that a Code of Conduct would assist campers visiting the area to plan their trip and facilitate their visit with helpful advice.
Cllr Dan McCarthy said that while campervans are a big part of tourism in Kenmare town he has received complaints about the number of such vehicles parked along Kenmare pier.
"There is no place for a local person to park to go for a walk,” he said.
He called on Kerry County Council to provide ground close to the town to provide space for these camper vans.
Kerry County Council said they recognise that Kenmare can be very busy at certain times and that such a park will be considered as part of an application for a rural regeneration development fund application which is to be put together later this year.
Cathaoirleach of Kenmare Municipal District, Cllr Patrick Connor Scarteen, said signs had been erected highlighting that campervans should not park along the pier but they had since been removed.