The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - NEWS - By SINEAD KELLE­HER

THE devel­op­ment of a pier in Cromane has emerged as one of the key strate­gies to help re­gen­er­ate the area in a new so­cio-eco­nomic plan which was launched last week as ‘a clear roadmap for devel­op­ment of the re­gion’.

A site has been iden­ti­fied on the north-east of the Cromane penin­sula for the devel­op­ment of a pier but, de­spite years of cam­paign­ing, no progress has been made on this vi­tal project.

Broad­band, plan­ning per­mis­sion and a new sew­er­age scheme are also high on the list of pri­or­i­ties, iden­ti­fied by the lo­cal com­mu­nity, for the re­gion in the new plan.

Cromane Com­mu­nity Coun­cil’s So­cio-Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment Plan 2018 -2022 is one of the first of its kind in the coun­try and was drawn up in con­sul­ta­tion with the lo­cal com­mu­nity and was fa­cil­i­tated by Paul O’Raw of O’Raw Con­sul­tants and Dr Bren­dan O’Ke­effe of the In­sti­tute of Ac­tion Re­search. It was funded by Flag fund­ing. Lo­cal bod­ies also sup­ported the devel­op­ment of the plan which took more than a year to com­plete.

The plan was of­fi­cially launched at Jack’s Coast­guard Restau­rant in Cromane last Fri­day by Min­is­ter for Tourism, Bren­dan Grif­fin, who said that the plan “is a fan­tas­tic blue­print to drive for­ward be­tween here and 2022”.

Chair­man of so­cio-eco­nomic plan­ning group, Liam Hayes, said that now that the plan is in place the next step is to im­ple­ment it.

“This is a real re­flec­tion of the wants and needs of the peo­ple of Cromane. This plan rep­re­sents a new chap­ter in Cromane’s his­tory, It sets out a clear roadmap for devel­op­ment with spe­cific tar­gets and time-frames.”

The con­struc­tion of a pier is one of the high­est pri­or­i­ties for Cromane ac­cord­ing to the plan and it is hoped that the lo­cal com­mu­nity and the fish­ing in­dus­try can work to­gether to achieve this goal.

Other plans in­clude the devel­op­ment of the lake, in­clud­ing kayak­ing and walk­ing fa­cil­i­ties, safe cy­cling and walk­ing routes, and a wa­ter sports pier. His­tory and cul­tural plans are also in­cluded and the devel­op­ment of com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties in­clud­ing fund­ing to un­der­take a study to iden­tify the gaps in com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties in the area.

Photo by Sinead Kelle­her

Min­is­ter Bren­dan Grif­fin with lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions, coun­cil mem­bers and mem­bers of the lo­cal com­mu­nity in Cromane who helped with the new plan.

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