BIM To Award €3,500 Towards Proposed Diving Boards At Fenit

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THE Restore Fenit Diving Boards Campaign (RFDBC) received a major boost on Friday when Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) awarded the project a substantial grant of €3,500 towards the cost of the new diving boards.

However, a meeting between RFDBC committee and Kerry County Council — where it was expected a decision on the diving boards project would be given — due take place on Monday has been deferred.

The BIM grant will be utilised to make the project shovel ready for the next phase of funding. BIM awards a number of FLAG (Fisheries Local Area Group) grants annually to coastal communities for socially inclusive and community based projects. The RFDBC project was selected for grant aid on the basis of its objectives and the excellence of its design.

Galway based Irish Water Safety (IWS) was expected to forward its safety assessment of the bathing slip in Fenit to Kerry County Council this week.

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The meeting between Kerry County Council and the RFDBC delegation which was scheduled for last Monday, April 23 was deferred as Kerry County Council requires some time to study the safety assessment.

“We understand that the safety assessment is very positive and supportive of the campaign to restore the diving boards,” reads a statement from RFDBC.

“With two major national bodies, BIM and IWS endorsing the project to restore the diving boards at the bathing slip in Fenit, we are confident that Kerry County Council will not unduly delay rescheduling the meeting with the RFDBC delegation. Despite our delight in securing the BIM grant, we are becoming increasingly concerned that other committed funding might be at risk unless Kerry County Council gives the project the green light to go ahead. We are appealing to the Local Authority to expeditiously sanction this project for the benefit of the people of Kerry and the many visitors, who generate much needed tourist revenue in the area.”

The RFDBC said they are ready and willing to meet, at short notice, with Mr Michael Scannell, Manager, Tralee Municipal District and his officials.

“It would be tragic if Kerry County Council deprives the Tralee Municipal District of such a wonderful recreational/sporting/tourist amenity due to any unnecessary delay in signing off on our proposal,” concludes the statement.

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