Cllr calls for Kil­lor­glin im­prove­ments

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

SINN Féin Coun­cil­lor Damian Quigg will call for ma­jor in­fras­truc­tural upgrades for Kil­lor­glin to be in­cluded in this year’s local area plan at the next South and West Kerry Mu­nic­i­pal District meet­ing.

Cllr Quigg hopes to see a ring road for the town and a new bridge over the River Laune to com­bat high traf­fic lev­els.

“It is es­ti­mated that this over­all project would cost some­where in the re­gion of €40mil­lion, with a sec­ond Bridge be­ing re­quired to cross the River Laune,” he said. “Freight trucks, large tourist coaches, along with all the local and tourist traf­fic is all com­ing to a bot­tle­neck in the town, and it has be­come dan­ger­ous and a to­tal nui­sance for driv­ers, pedes­tri­ans and busi­nesses... You wouldn’t see any other Na­tional Road in the coun­try be­ing con­gested like this on a daily ba­sis.”

In con­junc­tion with Kerry County Coun­cil and South Kerry De­vel­op­ment Part­ner­ship, Kil­lor­glin Cham­ber Al­liance en­gaged with a fa­cil­i­ta­tor, later lead­ing to a so­cio-eco­nomic plan for the town with 95 ac­tions. How­ever, Cllr Quigg feels 25 of these would be very dif­fi­cult to meet with­out a ring road.

While he un­der­stands there are con­cerns in re­la­tion to such a project, he feels other is­sues such as park­ing, ac­ces­si­bil­ity, shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence, and more are all af­fected by the town’s cur­rent setup.

“I have be­gan the process of setting up a work­ing group lo­cally and I am due to meet the CEO of Kerry County Coun­cil in early Jan­uary to dis­cuss this,” ad­ding he hopes to see a strong dep­u­ta­tion meet with the Min­is­ter for Trans­port and TII. “I will also be re­quest­ing that a process of pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion would take place and that we should be mov­ing to­wards a plan to get the project to de­sign stage.”

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