Landowners considering legal challenge to Greenway

Radio Kerry understands that some landowners in the Glenbeigh area are unhappy with the proposed Glenbeigh to Renard South Kerry greenway and are considering a legal challenge against plans to develop it. Tunnels along the Mountain Stage section at Kells, Glenbeigh to Caherciveen to Renard railway line The €4 million proposed greenway has the potential to generate over €10 million annually for the local economy and create up to 90 jobs. A number of landowners in Glenbeigh are said to be concerned with the greenway route plan in their area for a variety of reasons and will be meeting shortly to discuss the implications of the route. Kerry County Council officials have held 167 meetings with 111 landowners over the past year with the vast majority agreeing to the proposed plan. As part of the compulsory Purchases Order process the council is currently finalising the route selection for the scheme and open days will be held in January where the emerging preferred route option will be on display. According to a spokesperson for the council despite extensive negotiations Kerry County Council were unable to acquire the land by agreement and are aware that a minority of landowners are opposed to the scheme and as a result the decision to proceed with a CPO was necessary. The council has hosted a workshop to work out route design problems in the Mountain Stage section of the greenway. The old railway line in this part of the 27km route is no longer in place and a new track has to be constructed.