Opposition to route of greenway in South Kerry has escalated

Greenway CyclewayOpposition to the route of a 27 kilometre greenway in South Kerry has escalated. Property owners opposed to the development from Glenbeigh to Renard have erected over a dozen signs along the proposed route. Agricultural consultant Dermot O’Brien who represents more than 100 landowners says they want Kerry County Council to deal with them in a more meaningful way. More a dozen signs have been erected along the route from Glenbeigh to Renard, with the words ‘Yes to cycleway, no to CPO.’ According to Dermot O’Brien, the property owners are in favour of a cycleway, however they want an alternative route. Kerry County Council said that despite extensive consultation, securing the necessary land by agreement was not possible. It said given the importance of the greenway scheme to South Kerry, it was decided to acquire the necessary lands by means of a Compulsory Purchase Order. It added that in view of the level of investment involved, the land in question needs to be brought fully under the ownership of Kerry County Council. It is envisaged that the CPO and the planning application will be lodged with An Bord Pleanála this year. Kerry County Council says it’ll continue to engage in a meaningful way with all landowners and stakeholders and remains fully committed to this project given its enormous economic and tourism potential for the region. According to the council the greenway has the potential to generate over €10 million annually for the local economy.