Legislation can be invoked when combatting illegally parked caravans around the county

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Legislation can be invoked when combatting illegally parked caravans around the county. Martha Farrell, secretary of the Maharees Conservation Association, says the local community took an active role in protecting the area, which was being damaged by unregulated foot traffic and illegal parking.

She says many campers set up in a Special Area of Conservation in Maharees during recent good weather.

Ms Farrell claims the vast majority of those asked to move from private land to regulated campsites do so without any objection. However, for those who refuse, local gardaí can enforce legal powers.


Meanwhile, Kerry County Council says it’s reviewing current beach management approaches, particularly in relation to anti-social behaviour.

There have been calls from communities in Banna, Fenit, Ballyheigue and Castlegregory for beach marshals to be employed to combat anti-social behaviour, littering and overnight camping.

The council works with gardaí, however, it says many issues are complex and difficult to deal with effectively.

Kerry County Council says an overall review, which will be conducted at the end of the season, will take the views of local communities into consideration.