Submissions being sought again on South Kerry Greenway plan

Public meeting hears Greenway is a priority

Sinead Kelleher

The South Kerry Greenway is a vital project for the future of Cahersiveen according to local businessman Jack Fitzpatrick, who chaired a public meeting on Friday, to discuss the future of the town.

The meeting was organised to help set up a Cahersiveen Chamber alliance and to hear from Ian Dempsey, who is drawing up a development plan for the town of Cahersiveen. 

The South Kerry Greenway was one of the key projects for the town, the meeting heard.  The meeting took place as it emerged that the project is going out to public consultation again after An Bord Pleanála ruled that further information provided by Kerry County Council  to the board must be put out to public consultation. 

This will cause a delay of six weeks at a minimum. 

The new public consultation process is linked to road safety concerns and access points to the greenway. 

Further information is also provided on coastal erosion and peat stability. 

The public consultation process opens this Thursday, May 9, and will run until June 24. 

Original submissions made to the project  will still be considered and all new submissions must be made on this extra information rather than the project as a whole.  While the news that a new public consultation process is underway has been termed disappointing by supporters of the project and by local councillors they say it will ultimately help get the project over the line. 

"It is a set-back but the process must be seen as  inclusive and thorough," said Cllr Michael Cahill.

He said that the project is "one of the biggest tourism projects ever undertaken in Kerry" which will transform the region. 

Cllr PatrickConnor Scarteen said this week that the project is vital and that the new public consultation is  'procedural'. 

"It has been a long process but there is great community spirit and we must adhere to the process. It is annoying that the process is slow but we have to stick with it," he said. 

Local business man Jack Fitzpatrick said that  it is 'disappointing' but that it may help in the long run. 

"We have to look at the positive and if it is a better product it will be worth it," he said.