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Full costs of Killarney Safe Streets project revealed

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By Sean Moriarty

The Killarney Safe Streets programme cost a staggering €149,478.76 to put in place - new figures seen by the Killarney Advertiser can reveal.

 

Kerry County Council spent a total of €238,324.10 on the Safe Streets project across its five municipal districts. However, all of this money came from National Transport Authority grants and was not taken from the Council’s annual budget.

The average cost between the other four districts of Kenmare, Castleisland/Corca Dhuibhne, Listowel and Tralee was a modest €22,211 per region but the Killarney project cost in excess of €125,000 more than any other municipal district in the county.

Rolled out in July, the Safe Streets plan was designed to allow social distancing on the county’s streets and to allow businesses reopen after months of pandemic related closures.

The Killarney project included the widening of several town centre footpaths, at an estimated cost of 50 parking spaces and the full-time pedestrianisation of Plunkett St and a portion of Kenmare Place.

Although elected in the Castleisland/Corca Dhuibhne Area Municipal District Cllr Jackie Healy-Rae questioned the level of spending in Killarney at Wednesday’s Kerry County Council meeting.

“I am not knocking the merits of the plan and its merits is to keep people safe,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “But if the works in Killarney are temporary why is everything so permanent compared to other towns. If the changes are temporary it will mean bringing in a machine ripping up the footpaths and that seems like an awful waste of money.”

A Council spokesperson told the meeting:
“The Town Centre Mobility Plans for Kerry were implemented as emergency measures in response to the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic and have taken into account the need to maintain social distancing and other controls while businesses reopened in towns across the county.”

 

Three questions for Kerry County Council:

KA: Why did Killarney cost significantly more than other towns?

KCC: “The National Transport Authority has provided grant assistance to Kerry County Council in implementing these mobility plans which covers the full cost of expenditure incurred to date. A total of €238,324 has been expended throughout the county on mobility plans to date as discussed at the meeting of Kerry County Council on Wednesday. Those costs vary across the Municipal Districts and the county’s towns based on numerous factors which were assessed during the process, for example, footfall, width of existing footpaths and streetscapes etc.”

KA: Based on the logic of Safe Streets, are you more likely to contract COVID-19 in Killarney than any other town? Or, on the same logic, why was Killarney offered better protection than other towns?

KCC: “This is not a question of different protection for different towns – every town and village in Kerry has different requirements which were assessed during the implementation of safety measures.”

KA: If this is only a temporary measure, how much is it going to cost to reinstate the streets to their former condition?

KCC: “The Mobility Plans will be kept under review and it may be necessary to expand or extend these plans as society continues to deal with the pandemic over the coming months.”

 

 

 

 

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A long awaited solution to traffic problems where Ballycasheen Road meets the N22 Cork Road looks like finally being resolved this year.

Late last year Transport Infrastructure Ireland allocated €1.2m to be spent on the section of road between the Park Road roundabout and Ballycasheen junction.

“Technical Approval for the improvements, along this section which include Active Travel provision and Junction Improvements at Ballycasheen, is being sought from TII before commencing,” a council spokesperson confirmed. “The elected members will be briefed on the proposals ahead of the commencement of the statutory process in early 2022.”

The council official was responding to a request by Cllr John O’Donoghue who sought an update on progress being on a promised “more user friendly junction.”

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€2.3m funding for Kerry schools under Summer Works Programme

Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley has today (Monday) announced funding of €2.3 million for the approval of 24 projects across Kerry under the Department’s 2022 Summer Works Scheme. This funding is part of the overall package of €65m for a total of 497 projects around the country. “I am delighted to confirm […]

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Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley has today (Monday) announced funding of €2.3 million for the approval of 24 projects across Kerry under the Department’s 2022 Summer Works Scheme.

This funding is part of the overall package of €65m for a total of 497 projects around the country.

“I am delighted to confirm this significant tranche of funding which will provide further investment for schools in Kerry under the Summer Works Scheme,” Minister Foley said.

“School communities have shown great resilience, flexibility and leadership in adapting to the many challenges that arose over the course of the pandemic. This funding is a further endorsement of the excellence in education provided by schools across the county. I am announcing the Summer Works Scheme projects now so that schools have a good lead-in period to plan and deliver the projects in summer 2022,” she said.

“Today’s announcement follows on from the enhanced minor works funding which was delivered to schools a number of weeks ago.”

The projects for Kerry included in today’s announcement include Mechanical Works at Two Mile Community NS and Spa National School, Science Labs including Gas Works at Community College Killorglin and Castleisland Community College, as well as Roof Works at Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra. 

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