The procurement process for consultants is being finalised for a multi-million euro flood relief scheme in the county.
In July 2020, after businesses and homes in Kenmare were flooded, the Office of Public Works announced a proposed €5.4 million flood defence project.
Last year, following the flooding, there were moves to prevent further flooding in Kenmare, with flood relief works proposed.
In the meantime, to alleviate the worst problems causing by flooding, there was also funding provided under the OPW’s Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme.
The OPW said at the time it’d take between 12 and 18 months to complete the design and development of the scheme which will then require planning permission.
It now says Kerry County Council is finalising the procurement process for consultants for the scheme.
The selection of a consultant involves both identifying a preferred consultant and undertaking an economic appraisal to ensure value for money is being achieved.
Once a consultant is appointed, they will be required to engage with statutory and non-statutory bodies, as well as the public.
This process will ensure all parties have the opportunity to have their say on the development of the flood defence scheme in Kenmare.