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Council wants views on Plunkett St pedestrianisation

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Kerry County Council is encouraging the general public to have their say on last year’s Plunkett St pedestrianisation trials.
The Killarney Municipal District of Kerry County Council is inviting submissions, comments or observation by Friday, February 22.
In 2018, Plunkett Street was closed to traffic between the hours of 11am and 7am, seven days a week, on a trial basis, from Saturday, March 31 to Monday, April 9, both dates inclusive, Friday, May 11 to Monday, May 21, both dates inclusive and from Friday, June 29 to Monday, September 3, both dates inclusive.
Kerry County Council is now encouraging everyone including local businesses, community groups and the general public to have their say on how the pedestrianisation trials operated.
“We voted last March to introduce the trials of pedestrianisation on Plunkett Street, with the intention of assessing the impact on pedestrians, shoppers, motorists, and businesses,” Cathaoirleach of the Killarney Municipal District, Cllr John Sheahan said.
“Now we would like to hear what the people of Killarney and further afield think about this matter. This is an informal consultation with the public, but I hope that people will engage with it before we, as elected councilors, decide on any future pedestrianisation system which might apply.”
Anyone with a submission, comment or observation should email killarneymunicipaldistrict@kerrycoco.ie using Plunkett Street in the message line or write to the Killarney Municipal District Officer, Killarney Municipal District, Town Hall, Killarney before the deadline of Friday, February 22.

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One way traffic system mooted for St Oliver’s National School

The Killarney Advertiser understands that a one-way traffic management system will be introduced at St Oliver’s National School. The plan remains subject to confirmation by Kerry County Council and other […]

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The Killarney Advertiser understands that a one-way traffic management system will be introduced at St Oliver’s National School.

The plan remains subject to confirmation by Kerry County Council and other statutory bodie. It is  understood that the system will be trialled at the beginning of the new school year in September.

The area is subject to serious traffic congestion during school drop-off and pick-up times every day.

Over 650 pupils and 80 staff attend the school every day. New housing developments in the area have added to traffic congestion.

Cllr Martin Grady has being pushing for enhanced road safety measures at the school since his co-option to the council in September 2023.

“The issue has worsened in recent years with Woodlawn, Rookery Road and Ballycasheen having more domestic property developments which brings with it more road activity,” Grady told the Killarney Advertiser.

“I’ve seen first-hand several accidents occur when dropping and collecting my children from the school. It needs a safe solution by means of a drop off- pick up point or a traffic management system put in place.

“It is unfair on all stakeholders involved. I will keep working on this until results are achieved in the interest of everyone’s safety. “

The lack of urban school bus services, not just at St Oliver’s but at all schools is adding to Killarney’s traffic woes.

“I would like to see school bus services return for all students, in both urban and rural schools, this service was a massive loss, it would greatly reduce the volume of traffic on our roads and mitigate the risk of accidents and near misses,” added Cllr Grady.

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Planning rules “nonsensical in a housing crisis” Cllr Healy-Rae

A planning rule which prevents people from building houses on their own land next to major roads is being challenged by Cllr Maura Healy Rae. The current planning policy states […]

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A planning rule which prevents people from building houses on their own land next to major roads is being challenged by Cllr Maura Healy Rae.

The current planning policy states that any application house along national primary and national secondary roadways exiting from existing entrances will not be considered.
Healy-Rae says this problem is particularly acute in the Killarney Municipal District given the amount of national roadway surrounding the area with the N22, N71 and N72.
“It is nonsensical that where an individual is living at home and using an existing entrance, can’t be considered to build their own house and use existing entrance they are already using,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.
“How Transport Infrastructure Ireland can quantify this as additional traffic is preposterous. Given we are in a housing crisis, given all the challenges surrounding planning, given exorbitant house prices and the lack of affordable housing, it is ludicrous that this is a reason people are being refused planning.”
She called on Kerry County Council to write to the TII, the Minister for Transport and the Minister for Local Government requesting that the current blanket policy be lifted.
“It [the policy] has directly resulted in numerous planning applications being refused and even considered at the pre-planning stage,” she added.
Kerry TD Danny Healy-Rae has also raised the issue in Dáil Éireann.

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