The “common good is being served” by the delivery of the proposed South Kerry Greenway.
That’s according to Senior Executive Engineer with Kerry County Council Conor Culloo, who was speaking during the second week of the An Bord Pleanála’s oral hearing into the greenway.
The proposed 32-km route from Glenbeigh to Renard comprises 222 plots, owned by 197 landowners.
Inspector Karla McBride, who is chairing the hearing, opened day five by saying the oral hearing is likely to overrun its planned schedule and run into a third week.
The inspector said An Bord Pleanála initially received 70 submissions; however that’s now down to 30, with most opposing the CPO.
This week’s proceedings opened with Kerry County Council outlining the need for the scheme, and consequently, the CPO; the local authority says the area has experienced ongoing population loss and economic and social decline.
Conor Culloo, project manager, said the objectives in the County Development Plan reference the delivery of such a scheme and, additionally, “the common good is being served by the delivery of this scheme.”
Last week, it was revealed the council needs to acquire over 48 hectares – or 115 acres – permanently for the greenway through CPO.
The local authority is currently reading its responses to those who made submissions to the CPO, including the Greenway Information Group, which comprises 27 landowners.
The group had cited the “inviolability of the right to property”, as stated in the Constitution; in response, the local authority said its actions were carried out in accordance with the law, with extensive negotiations and correct procedural actions employed at every point.
The group was not allowed to cross-question the council at this point.