Oral hearing on south Kerry Greenway enters final two days

The oral hearing on the proposed south Kerry Greenway is entering its final two days.

Kerry County Council is seeking permission to construct a 32-kilometre walk and cycleway from Glenbeigh to Renard; it is also seeking approval for a Compulsory Purchase Order for the lands needed.

This morning, the An Bord Pleanala hearing will resume at Manor West Hotel, Tralee.

Following almost four weeks of evidence, the oral hearing on the proposed greenway is due to finish tomorrow.

This week, An Bord Pleanala Inspector Karla McBride is examining the CPO application.

17 landowners, whose holdings would be severed by the greenway, are scheduled to outline their concerns and objections this week; on Tuesday five farmers gave evidence, the hearing didn’t sit yesterday as the hotel room was booked for an event.

Among the concerns already outlined by landowners are the impact on farming practices, flooding risk and insurance liability.

The remaining twelve landowners will begin their evidence from 9.30 this morning.