Cllr Patrick Conor Scarteen reports

Loo Bridge Junction safety works. Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport Brendan Griffin TD confirmed to me that funding for remedial works at Loo Bridge. (Poulgorm) has been granted. This is to involve verge clearance which should restore sight distance, therefore improving road safety. The contractors should be carrying out the works shortly. Obviously further works are needed and I will continue to campaign for these.
Extra roads funding. I welcome the allocation of €800,000 in additional funding to assist the repair of regional and local roads in Kerry. In the last two years roads in Kerry suffered significant damage as a result of severe weather events and the Council has been faced with damage caused by repeated severe weather incidents.
These events combined with the extended period of reduced funding for road maintenance following the economic downturn have left the road network much more vulnerable to damage.
In addition, a €3m allocation is being provided to Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) to assist with winter operations and maintenance works on national roads. TII assists local authorities with maintenance funding for national roads. Nationally there has been an additional funding boost for regional and local road budget amounting to a 33% increase on the 2017 investment. 
These grants are to supplement local authorities’ own resources and expenditure on regional and local road and are just part of the total investment in regional and local roads for this year.
Community involvement Schemes. The Department of Transport Tourism and Sport have approved funding of €1.208 million for the Community Involvement Scheme to be funded in 2 tranches -  €500,000 in 2018 and the balance of €708,000 in 2019. This will allow for the funding of schemes for which applications had been received from local communities, and which had been submitted by Kerry County Council. Funding received in 2018 will allow for the construction of 11 of these schemes.
Youth Mental Health services. One of my motions before the November meeting is,
“That Kerry County Council do all they can to assist in the setting up of Youth Cafes and call for greater provision of mental health services for young people in the county”.
Peninsula lands.The Council started the fencing of the lands on Thursday 14th November and have applied for funding for a plan for an amenity park including walking and cycling paths, facilitation of water activities.
Blackwater Women’s Group Pride of Place. Best of luck to Blackwater Women’s Group in the Pride of Place awards in Cork on 17th November, when they represent Kerry in the Holistic wellbeing category. They put in great work throughout the years. We experienced a fantastic display from the group during the summer and the Judges seemed very impressed.
Car parking. I have requested KCC to pursue further places for car parking for Kenmare.
Warmer home and energy grants. There are various types of grants available from SEAI ( Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland ) €300 towards attic insulation, €300 for cavity insulation , heat pumps, grants for businesses, electric cars etc. for further details call 1850 927000 or check out www.seai.ie
Political Team. I work with Political representatives of all sides for the good of the area and I am part of a team of 9 on Kerry County Council, my other Fine Gael Colleagues whom I work closely with can be contacted as follows:
Minister Brendan Griffin TD 066 9795666
MEP Sean Kelly 061 468788
Senator Paul Coghlan 087 2217400
Clinics: Available at all times on 087 2904325 or at 5 Main Street, Kenmare. Also I can meet people after work in Kenmare, Kilgarvan, Tuosist, Lauragh, Sneem, Tahilla, Blackwater, Templenoe, Bonane. I also am also in South and Mid-Kerry a couple of times a month.
Cllr Patrick O’Connor-Scarteen
087 2904325 pconnorscarteen@gmail.com

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