FUNDING: Cllr Brendan Cronin recently highlighted the poor condition of the paving on Main Street in March. Photo: Grigoriy Geniyevski

 

EXCLUSIVE

By Sean Moriarty

Cllr Brendan Cronin is hopeful that repairs to Main St will be allocated substantial funding at today’s (Friday) Killarney Municipal Meeting.

In place of normal Town Hall meetings, as a result of COVID-19 restrictions, elected members of the Killarney Municipal District and Kerry County Council officials will meet at Killarney Sports and Leisure Complex, to discuss the area’s roadworks programme and budget for 2020.

In March this year the Listry councillor pushed for repair work to be undertaken on the town’s Main Street. He raised concerns over the condition of the paving on the street. Main Street was refurbished over 10 years ago and the works included the paving of the street, the widening of footpaths and the reduction of car parking spaces from the street’s junction with Plunkett St to Market Cross.

Paving slabs on the street have now become dislodged and are causing a vibration noise every time a vehicle passes over them. The loose paving has become unsightly and some are completely missing and backfilled with asphalt.

It is hoped that funding of up to €70,000 will be allocated to the project at today’s meeting.

“As a result of highlighting road surface issues on Main Street, all going well on Friday, it will receive an allocation of €70,000 for the revamp,” Cllr Cronin told the Killarney Advertiser.

There has also been calls, particularly by Cllr Donal Grady, to carry out these works during the current lockdown. The absence of local shoppers and tourists in the town centre is the perfect opportunity to carry out repair works according to the veteran councillor.