Anger over Moy­vane road­works

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - NEWS - By TADHG EVANS

GAS Net­works Ire­land (GNI) has promised bet­ter sig­nage in Moy­vane and will al­low night­time use of the roads they’re work­ing on af­ter meet­ing with peo­ple of the area in the Mar­ian Hall last week.

GNI is lay­ing a trans­mis­sion line from the Lim­er­ick county bounds through Moy­vane to Lis­towel town.

But there has been anger lo­cally at mat­ters like a drop-off in trade at busi­nesses in Moy­vane, dif­fi­cul­ties ac­cess­ing the vil­lage, and the qual­ity of sig­nage in­di­cat­ing de­tours, ac­cord­ing to lo­cal man Nelius O’Con­nor.

A sec­tion of wa­ter-main in the area also had to be re­moved, cut­ting off sup­ply to six houses. But af­ter be­ing re­in­stated, the wa­ter-main sus­tained dam­age dur­ing back­fill­ing op­er­a­tions and the sup­ply had to be shut down again. Sub­se­quent to re­pairs, ma­chin­ery was left block­ing one of the roads, KCC added.

But fol­low­ing last week’s meet­ing or­gan­ised by GNI in Moy­vane and dis­cus­sions be­tween GNI and KCC En­gi­neer David Doyle, GNI has said it will join lo­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tives in re­view­ing the roads marked for di­ver­sion and promised to take ma­chin­ery off a num­ber of by-roads. It has re­lo­cated en­hanced road sig­nage at key junc­tions near Moy­vane. Nelius O’Con­nor ac­knowl­edged that “they’d come a long way in three days.”

John Ken­nelly or­gan­ised a fur­ther meet­ing with Ir­ish Wa­ter, which took place in Tralee Coun­cil Cham­ber on Mon­day. The util­ity has said that it will re­view the con­di­tion of the wa­ter main this week with Kerry County Coun­cil to ex­am­ine if it’s fea­si­ble to re­place at this time.

GNI said its cur­rent pro­gramme of works is ex­pected to end in Oc­to­ber, but Eir­grid is due to lay ca­bles at the same stretch there­after. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Eir­grid and ESB Net­works were also present at Mon­day’s meet­ing.

“An ap­pli­ca­tion for works on the wa­ter-main has gone in to Ir­ish Wa­ter and the cost­ings of that project are be­ing looked into,” Coun­cil­lor Aoife Thorn­ton said. “I’d en­cour­age the peo­ple of Moy­vane to con­tact Ir­ish Wa­ter to boost the chances of that work go­ing ahead, If it does, I would like to see the least amount of in­con­ve­nience pos­si­ble to the peo­ple of Moy­vane with Eir­grid and Ir­ish Wa­ter un­der­tak­ing their works at the same time or at least in quick suc­ces­sion – that to me is com­mon sense.

“The gas project is an enor­mous ben­e­fit to Moy­vane, while works on the wa­ter-mains would also be very wel­come, but we need to bal­ance the re­wards and the draw­backs.”

Work on the Moy­vane to Knock­a­nure Road this week.

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