Cllr Patrick Connor Scarteen reports…

Monthly motions:
1. That Kerry County Council call upon Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment to rectify the anomaly of places being used for post codes and address which are not appropriate.
2. That KCC call upon the Dept. of Agriculture & Marine to investigate and ban pair trawling in Kerry, it is having a negative impact on the livelihoods of small fishermen, the environment & tourism.

Charges at Waste Transfer Stations. I am opposed to the new charges for recycling at Waste Transfer Stations. At Kerry County Council I seconded a motion brought forward by a colleague that we write to the Environment Minister Denis Naughton TD about the issue. I understand the financial position the Council is in, however we should be encouraging people to recycle more, this move will unfortunately result in more illegal dumping, which will have a negative effect on the Environment. Unfortunately it is an executive decision of the Council as opposed to a reserved function of Council. I.e. the Council Executive can legally make such a decision regardless of the views of the elected members. Hopefully Minister Naughton will intervene and a solution can be found

Kenmare to Molls Gap road safety improvements. Thankfully the road is open for Easter. I want to thank Local Council Engineer Vincent Horgan and the Contractors for ensuring the road is open for this busy tourism period, for people bringing animals to the mart, and people travelling to work etc. I asked KCC at meetings, through letters and phone calls to do all in their power to get the contractors to complete the work as soon as possible. The initial road works were to be completed in mid-March, the revised date was 28th April due to the Contractors coming across difficulties not initially envisaged and which had to be overcome to comply with health & safety standards for road users. It great to see the road opening much earlier than expected.

N 70 Sneem- Blackwater Bridge road improvements. Improvements of approximately 4.5 km between Ankail to Doon are planned. Part of the road is to incorporate room for pedestrians and cyclists. A Public consultation will take place in the Sneem hotel, on 27th April 2017 from 10am to 8pm. Members of the design team will be present to outline proposals and address any queries that may arise. Following public consultation, it is proposed to finalise the design and Environmental impact Study, and, subject to TII approval, make an EIS application to An Bord Pleanala in the third quarter of 2017. It is expected that the oral hearing for such an application would be held before the end of 2017.
A feasibility study is also taking place for Doon to Blackwater Bridge in terms of overlay, widening and viewing areas, however this is at preliminary stages.
Work has commenced on the Dereenamacken road at Tahilla, €788,528 is being spent and the contract was awarded to Roadstone Ltd.