Killarney Cllr says there is still time for dialogue over Plunkett Street upgrading works

Cllr Donal Grady says it’s not too late for Kerry County Council to talk to people impacted by the improvement works on Plunkett Street in Killarney which are due to start on Monday.

€300,000 is being invested in the upgrading works which will continue until Friday April 14th.

Cllr Grady says the works should have started in January and they would be finished before St Patrick’s Day.

Kerry County Council strongly rejects his claim that there wasn’t timely consultation.
Cllr Grady says he has a petition with over 30 signatures of people living and working in the area.

He claims there was no dialogue with business people and residents until February 3rd.

A statement from Kerry County Council says the works will involve the development of a shared street surface, providing significant improvements in particular for pedestrians, with new granite paving and asphalt road surface at the same level.
The council says, the proposed works were positively commented on, particularly by the businesses on Plunkett Street during the statutory planning process.

It also says the scheme was unanimously adopted by the members of Killarney Municipal District at a meeting last October.

The council says the announcement of the award of the contract for the works was widely publicised on Radio Kerry before Christmas and welcomed in the local press.

The statement also says as soon as Kerry County Council had details on the schedule and timing of the works, the local Area Engineer met with the businesses and outlined the impacts on businesses, during the construction phase.