An online petition with over 1000 signatures in support of the Tralee to Fenit Greenway was presented to Kerry County Council last week, this petition follows the previous petition with approximately 1000 signatures which was submitted to Tralee Town Council in 2012.
The submission coincided with the Tralee Muncipal District Budget meeting which yet again saw no funding provided for the project, while concerns were raised about the proposed Tralee Fenit Greenway not being included in the coming year’s budget only Cllr’s Ferris and Daly voted against the budget, which passed after the other seven Tralee councillors: Foley, Locke, McEllistrim, O’Brien, McCarthy, Finucane and Spring voted in favour.
Mr. Stephenson (Fenit) who presented the petition told the Kerry’s Eye
“It’s going on far to long, we have had 20 years of excuses”
The report goes on to quote Moira Murrell CEO of KCC saying “she is hopeful that there will be funding in the near future. It is now with the Department of Tourism”
While this maybe suggest that a funding bid has been made to the department this is not the case and the indications from the department are that in order to be successful in a funding bid planning would need to be in place.
How can Kerry Co Co keep saying this project is a priority and then continuously fail to allocate any funding ?
Martin Ferris TD asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross of the status of the proposed Tralee to Fenit greenway and when funding will be provided to complete the project.
In reply Minister Ross indicated that the government is commited to making additional funding available for greenways into the future,
Last November we posted that Kerry County Council were expected to complete planning assessments on the line by the end of March, it seems this deadline was missed.
Radio Kerry are now reporting that Kerry County Council will undertake assessments on the Tralee Fenit rail line by the end of June.
The examinations are necessary for screening reports, which form part of the planning process for the Tralee Fenit Greenway.
These reports will determine if Environmental Impact and Natura Impact assessments are needed, and whether the planning application will have to go to An Bord Pleanala.
The council’s ecologists have to walk the rail line and undertake preliminary assessments for the screening reports, and once they’re done the scope of the planning process and resources needed will become clear.
The local authority says it’s hoped these walks will completed by the end of June.
The council says significant work has been done in the past 12 months on securing the legal agreement with CIE on the transfer of the land on the rail line, and it’s their objective is to progress the scheme this year.
If there was a factory of 80 or 100 jobs created in Tralee or Fenit politicians would be jumping up and down saying isn’t it great and everything etc. But you know it’s time to step up to the mark because obviously there are issues that need to be sorted but millions and millions and millions or euro and hundreds of jobs are being lost because this isn’t being built…
Well said Alan Kelly we couldn’t have put it better ourselves !
The lack of progress on the Tralee to Fenit Greenway was raised in the Dail by John Brassil with a parliamentary question to Shane Ross regarding funding for the stalled Tralee to Fenit Greenway.
Minister Ross’s response was disappointing in that he stated that there would be no funding calls for Greenway in the immediate future.
Kerry Cycling Campaign were quick to point out that just a week later Minister Ross contradicted this information saying that Greenway funding would be announced later in the year.
We await clarification but hopefully the later is the case.
Join us for Walk The Line – Part 5 !
Sunday 4th December, meeting at St Brendan’s Church at 2.15pm for a 2.30pm departure. Please come along and show your support for this initiative to get the Greenway developed from Mounthawk to Fenit
Radio Kerry report that the final pieces of the legal agreement for transferring ownership from CIE are currently being dealt with, and the council is expected to officially own the lands by the New Year.
The next phase of works to be undertaken include completing the design for the planning application, the assessment of the environmental impacts, and lodging the planning application – this is expected to be done before the end of March.
Twenty-five years and my life is still
Trying to get up that great big hill of hope
For a destination
In the words of 90’s one-hit wonders 4 Non Blondes, what’s going on?
25 years ago this week Kerry County Council agreed to buy the North Kerry railways from CIE in order to develop it as a tourist amenity for the region we previously posted an article from the Kerry’s Eye reporting on the developments.
The Down through the years section of this week’s Kerryman features a related article from it’s archive, published 25 years ago his week !
If you are looking for an update on the project, well Kerry County Council are still in the process of completing the purchase !
Earlier this week (June 28th) representatives of the Friends of the Tralee – Fenit Greenway met with the CEO and senior engineer of Kerry County Council.
Mike o Neill thanked Ms Murrell for meeting the delegation and asked that an update
would be given on the current status of the Tralee to Fenit Greenway. He explained that
this project had been the subject of negotiation over a long period of time and there was
deep frustration at the seeming lack of progress and the many promises which for one
reason or another were never realised.
Ms. Murrell outlined that the Greenways were a priority and that they understood the
value of such projects. She explained that they had sought funding for the Tralee/Fenit
and the South Kerry Greenways and they had been granted aid for the South Kerry
project. They had therefore allocated their resources to that project. They do not have
the resources to tackle both projects but they should become available before the end of
this year and they would then allocate them to the Tralee/Fenit project.
Secondly. There was a problem with ownership of the land as Irish rail wanted the
council to absorb the cost of ducting the Fenit and North Kerry lines at a cost of a
million plus euro. This could not be agreed to as it would have caused problems when
funding was later sought for these projects.
However this matter was now resolved and the council is now satisfied that they now
own the land. This will now allow them to apply for planning and do an EiS, which may
be necessary. They will do this as soon as the resources become available, which should
be before the end of this year. In the meantime they will survey the land.
Thirdly. In order to secure funding for the project, it will be listed as a priority in their
action programme due to be launched in July and they will apply for funding from the
newly launched Failte Ireland funding for larger projects. They confirm that it is suitable
project for such funding. Should that not be successful there is another avenue which
will be pursued.
Ms. Murrell and Mr Sheehy assured the delegation that Tralee/Fenit Greenway and Fenit
itself were priority projects and they were positive that they would be delivered