Concerns About Parking Facilities In Tralee And Fenit When Greenway Opens

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CONCERNS were expressed that parking problems at Mounthawk will be exacerbated when the Tralee-Fenit Greenway fully opens next year.

At Monday’s meeting of the Tralee Municipal District of Kerry County Council, Sinn Féin Cllr Deirdre Ferris asked were there any plans in place to allocate more parking spaces at the beginning of the Tralee to Fenit Greenway?

She was told by Council management that prior to the opening of the Tralee to Fenit Greenway the current car park in Fenit will be developed.

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However, there are no plans to provide additional car parking capacity in the vicinity of the Tralee trail head as it is anticipated that users will join the amenity at multiple access points throughout the town having departed from their accommodation or home.

Cllr Ferris said there is a huge amount of double parking in Fenit as it stands. She said there is a need to facilitate some level of parking at Mounthawk.

She said residents fear cars will block driveways and the issue needs to look at it again.

Cllr Terry O’Brien said that Fenit has some hope, Tralee side will be “a disaster”. He said the Bracker O’Regan road will be full of cars. Cllr O’Brien said there is ample land there to develop parking facilities and this needs to be looked at.

Sinn Féin Cllr Cathal Foley said the Greenway starts at Casement station in the town and this is where there should be bike-hire facilities and parking available.

Fine Gael Cllr Jim Finucane said there is plenty space at the rear of Casement Station and discussion should be held with Irish Rail with a view to developing parking there.

However, Cllr O’Brien said there is already plans for a plaza at the train station and people  can’t park in Dunnes Stores so the logical place Greenway users will go to park is Mounthawk.h

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