Kerry County Council engineer tells court site investigation works will determine cost of greenway

A Kerry County Council engineer has told a court access is needed to four locations on the proposed South Kerry Greenway to help determine exact costs for the project.

The local authority is seeking a warrant at Killarney District Court to enter the lands of four men along the route to carry out site investigation works.

James Moriarty of Drom West, Glenbeigh, James Sheehan of Curra, Glenbeigh and Patrick Murphy and Paul O’Shea, both of Gornagree, Kells have refused entry to their lands.

Kerry County Council is seeking permission to enter the lands to carry out a drainage survey and dig trial pits of up to 4.5 metres in depth and bore holes up to ten metres deep to determine the sub-soil conditions.

Council engineer, Conor Culloo says there are thirty locations along the South Kerry Greenway where site investigation works are needed; all other locations, barring the four before the court, have been completed.

Under cross examination, Mr Culloo said the works at the four locations are desirable but not necessary; he said there is adequate information as it stands for the planning application but this additional information would bring certainty regarding costs for the project.

He didn’t accept that the application before the court was unnecessary saying that all additional information is of benefit.

The case is before Judge David Waters, who told the court the case is a balancing act in terms of the necessity and proportionality of the proposed works.