No timeline for completion of planning for Tralee Fenit Greenway

Kerry County Council can’t give a definitive timeline for the completion of planning for the Tralee Fenit Greenway.

Tralee Municipal District councillors brought a motion on the issue before the recent meeting of the county council.

Screening reports have to be carried out on the old railway line, and the council’s priority at the moment is the South Kerry Greenway and the Great Southern Railway Trail.

Tralee Municipal District councillors have expressed their disappointment on the progress of the greenway, and asked for a definitive schedule to show the council’s commitment to the project.

The council says significant work has been done in the past 12 months on securing the legal agreement with CIE on the transfer of the land.

The next step is to secure planning to carry out screening reports to determine if Environmental Impact and Natura Impact assessments are needed, and whether the planning application will have to go to An Bord Pleanala.

The council’s ecologists will have to walk the line and undertake preliminary assessments for the screening reports, and once they’re done the scope of the planning process and resources needed will become clear.

The council says therefore it’s not possible to provide a definitive timeline for the completion of the planning process.

They say however, it’s their objective is to progress the scheme this year, but their priority at the moment is the publication of the CPO and EIS for the South Kerry Greenway, and progressing the Great Southern Railway Trail in North Kerry through planning.