Cllr Patrick O’Connor Scarteen reports….

Kenmare Chamber of Commerce & Tourism. I will be meeting the committee shortly to discuss issues such as parking for busses and parking in general in the town, I have been successful in ensuring there is no pay for parking in Kenmare which exists in other towns and I will continue to oppose the introduction of such measures. I will also inform the Chamber of new funding streams which the new municipal districts have influence over for festivals, community events and amenities.
Casual trading- Kenmare. Previous casual trading proposals were withdrawn by KCC; and the rate payers are calling for new fairer proposals to regulate casual trading to be drawn up as soon as possible. Kerry County Council is seeking further legal Advice from a Senior Counsel before proceeding with new proposals. There needs to be better consultation with all involved.
Recent Motions at the Council Meetings. In addition to the monthly meetings of Kerry County Council in Tralee we also have special meetings of the council, for budgets, roads etc, committee meetings and meetings of the South & West Kerry Municipal District which are held in Killorglin, the following are a few of the motions I raised at the full Council meetings, we are allowed raise two motions a month.
September;
1. That Kerry County Council supports the call from the Restaurants Association of Ireland for the ongoing retention of the 9% VAT rate for the food, tourism and hospitality sector that has helped create one of four of the jobs in the economy. That this Council ask the Minister for Finance to keep VAT@ 9% into 2015 and beyond.
2. That Kerry County Council lead the way in Ireland by putting in place a comprehensive and inclusive schedule of events for the decade of commemorations; we need to start planning now for the 100th anniversary of the 1916 rising, War of Independence etc. Please outline how the Council can assist local communities with such events.
October;
1. That Kerry County Council request the NRA and the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport allocate substantial funding for the N70 Ring of Kerry Road in 2015.
2 .That we the members of Kerry County Council request the HSE and Minister for Health to urgently open the Kenmare Mental Health Day Care Facility.
November;
1. That Kerry County Council please put in place an appeals process for people that were not informed of the NPPR Charge. There are still many people that are unaware of the charge and the penalties in place are far too excessive.
2. That Kerry County Council apply for funding for a new Fire Station in Kenmare, please give an update on the procedure involved.
Draft County Development Plan. Public submissions on the material alterations to the Draft County Development Plan can be made to the plan up to 21st November, the draft plan can be viewed on www.kerrycoco.ie or at the library or County Council offices. The Chief Executive will then be producing her report and the plan will be voted upon. It is envisaged that the plan will be finalised towards the end of January or February. Work on Local Area plans will take place in 2015.
Draft Flood Maps- Kenmare. A public consultation day was held in the Brooklane Hotel on Wednesday, 15th October, for people that missed the consultations the maps can still be viewed and submissions made, the Study website is www.southwestcframstudy.ie
Naming of Cumman Na mBan Park. At the September meeting of Kerry County Council, we formally named the area of ground in the vicinity of Cromwell’s Bridge in honour of the Women that played such an important role in our Country’s struggle for Independence.
Kilgarvan Footpaths. I allocated €5000 from my County Councillors allocation to repair the footpaths in Kilgarvan Village, I also arranged for Kerry County Council to give additional funding from their own resources to finish any works on the footpaths.
Killaha Lay bys. I allocated monies for the provision of two extra lay bys on the top road in Killaha, Tuosist.
Kenmare Pier – Lighting. Funding has been secured for the lighting as I requested and will be installed in the near future. These lights are replacing previously installed lights which were stolen.
Gortnadullagh- Kenmare- dangerous turn. I again called upon Kerry County Council to request the NRA to provide funding to improve safety on the N71 road at Gortnadullagh (Bonane Road) as there had been a fatality and a number of serious accidents at this location. I am glad that a formal request to the NRA safety section for an assessment is currently being prepared and will be submitted to the NRA. Hopefully they will allocate to improve safety at this location.
Dromoughty Road- Tuosist. The road is in a shocking state. I again asked Kerry County Council to resurface the road if any funding is left over or becomes available soon.
Sneem Village resurfacing. The cost of the N70 Sneem Village Pavement rehabilitation Scheme for 2014 is €550,000. Work started 20th October and the construction period advised by the independent contractor is 6 weeks. The Scheme extends from the Gowlnes Road junction to the Quay Road Junction. I will contact the Council, NRA and the Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Mr Pascal O’Donoghue to request funding to finish off the remainder of Sneem in 2015.
Mart road- Kenmare. Following on from my submissions two years ago funding was secured last year for the Mart Road, a good job was carried out recently and further surfacing on the road will be carried out next year.
Kerry’s Fine Gael team. I work with political representatives of all sides for the good of the area, and am part of a team of 9 Fine Gael Councillors in Kerry. It is also helpful to have the assistance of my Kerry Colleagues:
Brendan Griffin TD 066 9795666
Minister Jimmy Deenihan TD 068 57446
Sean Kelly MEP 061 468788
Available at all times at 5 Main Street, Kenmare or I can meet people at their homes most evenings after work in Kenmare, Kilgarvan, Caher, Tuosist, Lauragh, Sneem, Tahilla, Blackwater, Templenoe, Bonane.
I also have clinics throughout South and Mid Kerry.
Cllr Patrick O’Connor-Scarteen
5 Main Street, Kenmare
087 2904325
pconnorscarteen@gmail.com

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