Councillor Michael Cahill has welcomed the selection of 12 projects under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme. Final project selection will be made by the Department of Rural and Community Development, on the basis of proposals submitted by Kerry County Council where a maximum of 12 project applications can be submitted by each Local Authority. The Fianna Fail Councillor said the 12 selected countywide projects were all very worthy projects and when developed will be of great benefit to the economy of the county. Councillor Cahill said he was particularly pleased in regards to the inclusion of a project to develop the Killorglin Adventure Gateway II project in the Reeks District of Kerry, which will generate a long term positive economic and social impact on the town and region. The total cost of this project is €70,000 and the Grant sought is €56,000.
The 12 countywide projects selected are as follows:
1 Skellig Region
Skellig CRI is an outreach campus for higher education, research and entrepreneurship which promotes local level collaboration with national and international research communities.
Total Cost €125,000. Grant Sought €100,000
This project involves the conservation of the historic St. James’s Graveyard, and its presentation as a cultural heritage attraction
to locals and visitors. This project is located off Main St in the centre of Dingle, and is the location of ‘Other Voices’ and the finishing point for the Kerry Camino Pilgrim Walk.
Improvements at the promenade in Waterville involving an extension of the existing car park and improvements to the existing parking area to provide for off-street coach parking.
Provide way-finding low-level lighting on the Promenade to facilitate a Dark Sky Reserve Solar Walk. Provide underground power supply infrastructure and commence installing ground level controllable LED marker lighting.
This project will link the Tralee Bay Coastal Amenity Trail with Tralee-Fenit Greenway (2020), thus creating a 15km loop , which will attract increased footfall to Fenit Village.
Enhance and improve one of the primary access routes into Listowel, Ireland’s Tidiest Town in 2019, and deliver quality linkage to the DTTaS funded North Kerry Greenway and enhance the sustainability of the town by providing sustainable transport options and low energy public lighting.
To develop the Killorglin Adventure Gateway II project in the Reeks District of Kerry, which will generate a long term positive economic and social impact on the town and region.
Develop and enhance the approach to Castleisland town as one
of the first stopping points for visitors coming to Kerry via the N21. Improvement works to a key viewing point on this route, as
well as the development of a Town Centre Renewal Plan to attract new customers and business investment to the town which has seen a reduction in passing trade through the town.
Undertake improvement works to shop and house fronts which will greatly enhance the streetscape and urban centre of Ballybunion, a seaside town located along the Wild Atlantic Way in North Kerry.
9 Ceantar Gaeltachta Uibh
Rathaigh agus an Ceantar Magúird Development of marketing plan to attract people to live in the Iveragh Peninsula, a Gaeltacht area in Kerry; audit of enterprise space and housing stock, as well as upgrading of amenity area and car park at Reenroe Beach to improve access.
Rennovation works to the courthouse building, to enhance this valuable community asset as a viable amenity in the town. €70,000 €56,000
Enhancement to amenities in Caherdaniel Village to stimulate tourism growth and maximise opportunities as a Dark Sky Reserve. This area has become a prime destination for astro tourism.
Enhancement of streetscape and accessible enhancements to Kilcummin Village which includes the undergrounding of services and provision of new public lighting to improve safety within the environs.