23 landowners send solicitor’s letter to Kerry County Council on greenway

23 landowners have sent a solicitor’s letter to Kerry County Council about the South Kerry Greenway project. Kerry County Council entrance2The four million euro scheme aims to develop a route from Glenbeigh to Caherciveen and the route selection is almost finalised after taking nearly a year to complete. A compulsory purchase order for lands needed for the scheme is being progressed. At the monthly meeting of Kerry County Council Cllr Michael Cahill called for the County Development Plan to be amended to allow the route to deviate at specific locations. He said this was to ensure the major project goes ahead as he was very wary of a solicitor’s letter sent to the council by 23 landowners who feel they were not adequately consulted. Kerry County Council management said if the County Development Plan was modified the entire process would have to begin again and that would be a death knell for the project as the funding could be lost. Chief Executive of the council Moira Murrell gave a personal commitment that the local authority was very open to talks with landowners. Engineer with the council Tom Sheehy this would be to explain the CPO process and warned that what is not up for grabs however is the route itself. Open days are also being held in the next month in the area. Cllr Michael O’Shea said the project could be worth up to 14 million euro for the local area. Cllrs Pa Daly and Jimmy Moloney raised concerns that the project is holding up other schemes such as the Great Southern Trial and the Tralee-Fenit Greenway.