Kerry quarries facing levy increase under new development contribution scheme

Kerry quarries producing in excess of 10,000 tonnes per annum will be subject to increased levies under the newly adopted Draft Development Contribution Scheme.

A roads and transport contribution of 19 cent per cubic metre (€0.19) shall apply along with a 10 cent per cublic metre (€0.10) community and amenity contribution.

Director of Services with Kerry County Council Michael Scannell said the increase would reflect the impact quarry activity had on the county’s roads.

However Independent Cllr Johnny Healy Rae told the chamber “ye are raising the prices on yerselves” as he said the increase in quarry levies could lead to an increase in the price of stone.

Fianna Fáil Cllr John Joe Culloty also raised concerns about the knock-on effect the levy increase could have on the price of building a house.