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Residents’ concern over plans for asphalt plant

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By Sean Moriarty

Residents of the Clasheen area have expressed concerns that Roadstone is to build a mobile asphalt plant on the site of the old quarry on the Cork road.

They have raised concerns after the construction firm recently changed a planning permission request with Kerry County Council.

They are also worried that the new plant will go against Killarney Smoke Free Zone policy that came into effect on September 1. The Clasheen Quarry is within the boundaries of the Killarney Smoke Free Zone.

Planning permission for this asphalt plant was originally received in 2011 but not constructed at the time.

It's understood that Roadstone renewed this planning permission sometime in 2015 and 2016 and this is due to expire by early 2021.

As recent as last month Roadstone applied for an Air Emissions Licence to operate the asphalt plant.

“We are extremely concerned about the effect of this plant which will have emissions of sulphur dioxide, oxides of nitrogen and other products of combustion on the local and greater Killarney areas,” resident David Murphy told the Killarney Advertiser. “This was lodged with Kerry County Council at the end of October and a notice was in a local newspaper on October 14 but they [Roadstone] were not required to erect a local notice.”

Residents say they have not been properly informed of the latest development by Roadstone.

“There seems to be no knowledge of this plant going ahead and locals are concerned that people of Killarney are not aware of the plan. As Killarney was included in the area where the sale of smokey coal was banned this year should this plant be going ahead? What effect will it have in terms of pollution, air quality and noise and smell?”

Kerry County Council declined to comment on the matter.

“As this is a live planning matter, the Council is not in a position to comment,” a Council official told the Killarney Advertiser.

Roadstone declined to comment when contacted by the Killarney Advertiser.

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Spa GAA lights up – continues each Wednesday night

By Sean Moriarty Spa GAA club has signed up to participate in the Ireland Lights Up winter walking initiative. The lights will be on every Wednesday night between 7pm and 8pm for the next few weeks at the club’s new walking track. This week marked the second week of night walking but the club also held […]

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Spa GAA club has signed up to participate in the Ireland Lights Up winter walking initiative.

The lights will be on every Wednesday night between 7pm and 8pm for the next few weeks at the club’s new walking track. This week marked the second week of night walking but the club also held a candle-light vigil in memory of Ashling Murphy, the Offaly school-teacher who was murdered while out for a walk two weeks ago.

“Participants can follow the walking track that offers a safe off-road path and this activity is open to everyone in the community. If anyone would be available to help with registration or stewarding any night, all help is greatly appreciated,” said club PRO Deirdre O’Sullivan-Darcy.

Any volunteers that can help any evening or any questions please contact Margaret Doyle on 0879181970.

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Specialists to examine Killarney trees ahead of future storms

By Sean Moriarty Killarney Municipal District is to appoint the services of a tree specialist to exam the condition of trees in the wider district. The move follows last December’s Storm Barra. during which several tress were toppled. One motorist had a lucky escape when a tree fell on their car during the storm. Another fallen […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney Municipal District is to appoint the services of a tree specialist to exam the condition of trees in the wider district.

The move follows last December’s Storm Barra. during which several tress were toppled. 
One motorist had a lucky escape when a tree fell on their car during the storm. Another fallen tree blocked access to the Moll’s Gap road near Muckross.
Both Cllrs John O’Donoghue and Donal Grady raised the issue at a recent Killarney Municipal District meeting.
“In order to mitigate against such events, the Killarney MD Office are in the process of preparing tender documents to procure assessment of specific trees that are in the charge of Kerry County Council.” A council official told the meeting.
“This will allow the MD to make determinations on individual trees in its charge. Individual property owners are responsible for the welfare and maintenance of trees within and along the boundary of their property lines.”

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