Plan to help Cahersiveen town grow and develop

Sinead Kelleher

The town of Cahersiveen plans to focus on the development of a higher education platform to provide more jobs to the region as one of the initiatives in the new socio-economic plan for the town.

The plan proposes  85  interlinked,  scalable  and  incremental  development actions to help improve the quality of life for the residents of the region. 

The new plans carried out a SWOT analysis of the town to  look at Cahersiveen's strengths and weaknesses and to  come together to draw up a plan for the town. 

Among the proposals is the development of a commercial proposition for the town by documenting its ICT capability, infrastructure and innovation, STEAM and language competences.  

Alongside this the plan is to examine possibilities for manufacturing production and co-working faculties.

Other proposals include the enhancement of the built environment, streetscape and the presentation of commercial premises through a streetscape painting, bilingual signage and shopfront improvement grant and to focus on a retail development programme. 

Another key project included in the plan is the development of the South Kerry Greenway, which is seen as a priority project for the region and which will be subject of an oral hearing later this year. 

There are also proposals to develop and improve other walkways and cycleways in the region to provide more amenities for locals and tourists alike. 

The 85 different proposals come under various headings aimed at looking at all aspects of Cahersiveen town.  Currently a new Cahersiveen Chamber Alliance is being set up in the town to oversee the socio-economic plan and to ensure that the town of Cahersiveen speaks with a coherent voice. 

Over 20 local representatives have been elected to the new alliance, who have now passed the plan. 

The various positions will now be filled within the Chamber Allicance, whose overall role, will be to help implement the new socio-economic plan for the town of Cahersiveen, in conjuction with Kerry County Council and other various bodies. Cllr Norma Moriarty said this week a united approach is now being taken for the town of Cahersiveen which will have major benefits.