THE landscape of The Mall will look a whole lot different tomorrow evening.
With the work due to commence on a shared space for motorists and pedestrians in May, workers will take the initial step tomorrow of cutting down the trees which have stood in The Mall for 20 years.
Traders in the area were informed this week that the work would be taking place. The 13 trees will be cut down, but obviously the stumps and roots won’t be removed until works start in earnest later in the year.
A spokesperson from Kerry County Council said the trees – which are European Hornbeams – were too big, unwieldy and unsuitable for The Mall area project and their removal was always part of the plans.
They will be replaced by much smaller planters later in the year. A few traders we spoke to were bemused by the cutting of the trees and said they didn’t realise a decision had been made to remove them.
They also expressed concern that smaller planters could be more susceptible to vandalism. It is expected the cutting down of the trees will be complete by tomorrow evening and there will not be any traffic disruption during the work.