Over €2.6 million has been made available to Kerry County Council for a number of green projects under the July Jobs Stimulus plan from Government, aiming to support sustainable travel, and combat some of the effects of climate change on communities.
Cathaoirleach of the Listowel Municipal Area Mike Foley (FG) welcomed the package, which sees the Listowel area receiving almost €300,000 in grant aid.
The €2.6 million funding for Kerry is allocated under two schemes – the Active Travel scheme and the Cimate Change Adaptation scheme; the former supporting walking and cycling infrastructure, and the latter providing for repairs for road battered by recent severe weather.
In the Listowel Municipal Area, the Active Travel scheme is to provide for the improvement of crossing facilities in Listowel Town Centre to the tune of €20,000; for new footpaths ‘or’ cycle tracks in Ballybunion (€47,000); for the design of a pedestrian/bike bridge over the Ballyline River in Ballylongford (€20,000); and for bike-parking facilities in Ballyheigue and Ballybunion (€30,000).
Meanwhile, €75,000 is being allocated for the repair of Kilmorna Bridge to address ‘scour’ damage as the result of increased hydraulic loads under the Climate Change Adaptation Allowance.
That scheme also provides for the repair of a bridge in Knockanure to a cost of €60,000 and for repair works to the tune of €30,000 on Dromkeen Bridge in Causeway.
“The Active Travel grant scheme is a very positive initiative which will see communities across Kerry and especially in the Listowel Municipal District benefiting from improved and more accessible walking and cycling infrastructure as well as stimulating local employment,” Cllr Foley said, also welcoming the provision of the Climate Change adaptation.
“The recent severe weather has again highlighted the challenges presented by climate change on our road infrastructure. The Climate Change Adaptation grants will help…to deal with the essential repairs needed in the aftermath of the severe weather but also to take steps towards making their road networks more resilient in the longer term.”