Call for council to fix infrastructure damaged by heavy traffic in wind farm developments

A Kerry councillor wants roads and bridges damaged by heavy traffic in the development of wind farms to be fixed.

Fine Gael Cllr Aoife Thornton says infrastructure in many parts of the county, especially North Kerry, have suffered because they were used by heavy machinery in the construction of wind farms.

She called for the council to consider development levies imposed on wind farms to go directly back to local communities affected by the construction.

Council management say the Minister has issued revised guidelines, which includes a Community Dividend, where developers will need to offer funding that’ll ensure the project will be of economic benefit to the communities concerned.

Cllr Thornton says while that will benefit communities in the future, those where developments are long finished are still at a loss as the council doesn’t have funding to rectify problems caused to infrastructure.