The general building price of the South Kerry Greenway will must be revised given the at present inflationary pressures, in accordance with Kerry County Council.

In 2014, the estimated price of the greenway was €4.5 million, nevertheless, this didn’t embrace land acquisition. By 2019, the estimated price had risen to over €20 million.

“The development estimates might be revised having regard to the timescale since they had been ready,” a council spokesperson informed Agriland.

“These prices will mirror inflation within the interim and with a view to present a extra correct estimate won’t be accomplished till the design components have been accomplished.

“The native authority additionally confirmed that the method of hiring consultants to hold out detailed design and environmental monitoring will “start shortly”.

South Kerry Greenway
The route of the proposed South Kerry Greenway on Kells Viaduct. Picture Supply: Valerie O’Sullivan

In the meantime, Kerry County Council has issued notices to deal with to 170 landowners who might be affected by the greenway route.

The notices kind a part of the statutory Obligatory Buy Order (CPO) course of and sign the start of the compensation course of.

It’s estimated that round 180 land plots might be wanted for the scheme.

The native authority stated that it’ll “proceed to have interaction with the landowners all through the method”.

“The settlement and provision of lodging works continues all through the method to completion of building,” the council spokesperson stated.

Greenway

An Bord Pleanála granted planning permission to the native authority for the 27km greenway from Glenbeigh to Caherciveen together with the accompanying CPO for the land wanted in November 2020.

The council had initially sought permission for a 31km route to incorporate Renard however the planning board determined to omit two sections of the scheme when it granted permission.

In February, the Supreme Court rejected two authorized challenges referring to the venture which paved the way in which for the greenway, which has been described as a “gamechanger” for the area, to proceed.

One of many challenges was taken by a bunch of landowners who had been against using CPO for the venture.In December 2021, €1.5 million in funding was allotted for the South Kerry Greenway by Transport Infrastructure Eire (TII).

This cash will enable for additional growth of the venture this yr, in accordance with Kerry County Council.