Public want a market on Denny site

Simon Brouder

A new public space like Limerick's Milk Market or the English Market in Cork is by far the most popular proposal for the future of the former Denny plant in Tralee.

The 2.3 acre site in the centre of the town was donated to the people of Tralee by Kerry Group in 2014.

Kerry County Council are currently working on a plan for the site and as part of this process a six week public consultation process took place in recent months.

In all 766 submissions were made by the public, businesses and community groups.

The clear preference for the development of the site is that it be developed as a mixed use public amenity with a focus on arts, culture and social/community uses with two thirds of the submissions calling for this type of development.

Just 4.5 per cent said they wanted to see the site used for offices or housing.

The most popular proposal was a market with 21 per cent of all those surveyed saying they would like to see the area - or at least part of it - used as a farmers' market or food market similar to the English Market in Cork or the Milk Market in Limerick. Meanwhile almost seven per cent of respondents proposed that a skate park - a facility long sought by young people in the town - be included in the plans for the site.

Kerry County Council will now appoint an expert group to design a long term plan for the site and it is hoped the submissions will form the basis of the plan. In the meantime the site is due to be cleared and landscaped in the new year.

Kerryman

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