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Greenway CyclewayKerry County Council has outlined plans for a maintenance payment for landowners along a planned greenway.
The South Kerry Greenway Project aims to bring millions to the local economy by attracting visitors, providing employment and revitalising the area, which has been hit by social and economic decline.
A group has objected to the lands being acquired by compulsory purchase order; the local authority says it remains open to negotiations.


A letter from Chief Executive of Kerry County Council Moira Murrell to councillors states that the local authority has prepared its own Landowner Compensation Scheme.
The basis of the contract is that it does not exceed what it would cost the council itself to maintain the route and is cost neutral with the additional benefit that the greenway will be managed and maintained 24/7.
The proposed scheme was the subject of a meeting between Ms Murrell and the IFA this week.
It is proposed that the council would enter into a five-year contract with South Kerry Development Partnership who would run the scheme.
The payment to each landowner would be a minimum annual payment of €300 plas €2 per metre of Greenway maintained.
If a landowner doesn’t want to participate the maintenance will be carried out by SKDP.
All materials and training will be provided and landowners will be covered by an insurance policy for the work undertaken.
Independent Councillor Michael Cahill says such a payment, which would average €600 annually for each landowner, is vital for the scheme and is totally separate to any compensation that will be paid through the CPO.