Council to pilot scheme to deal with long term vacant commercial properties in Tralee

Kerry County Council is to pilot a scheme to deal with long term vacant commercial properties in Tralee.

It’ll begin in April, and may be rolled out to other parts of the county.

Kerry County Council has prepared a Business Incentive Scheme for long term vacancies, and this will be piloted from the beginning of April.

They say once this pilot in Tralee has been assessed, it can then be considered for other areas of the county.

The local authority was responding to a motion from Cllr Michael Cahill, who had asked the council to urgently introduce a grants scheme encouraging property owners to renovate derelict buildings and bring life back to towns and villages in the county.

He also sought a grants scheme to improve shop fronts to ensure Kerry is number one in Ireland for best streetscapes, the best shop fronts, and the least number of derelict properties.

The council says they’ve used various grant schemes to improve the public realm and appearance of town and village centres, and have worked with tidy towns groups.

They say the repair and lease scheme, which encourages the use of property for residential purposes, may be appropriate if commercial activity isn’t warranted in a property.