Kerry County Council refutes claims that Cahersiveen will lose funding following approval area plan

Kerry County Council has refuted claims that Cahersiveen will lose funding following the approval of an area plan for South Kerry.

A draft of the West Iveragh Plan 2019-2025 was approved at a special meeting in Cahersiveen last week, with the majority of councillors voting in favour of the proposal.

The plan outlines the direction of council policy in the area over the coming years.

Sinn Féin councillor Damian Quigg, who was the sole dissenting voice, says a reclassification contained in the plan reduces the population of Cahersiveen to just over 1,000; he believes this will reduce the town’s ability to attract funding.

Director of Planning with Kerry County Council Michael Scannell says the population is set by the Central Statistics Office and not by the council.

He adds that the council boundaries are development boundaries and only relate to land use.

Mr Scannell says all areas of Kerry qualify for LEADER funding, while all areas outside of Tralee and Killarney qualify for the Rural Regeneration and Town and Village Renewal schemes.

Mike Scannell says is only the Urban Development fund that Cahersiveen isn’t eligible for funding under, and he explains why.