LOCAL Councillor John Coonan (Fianna Fail) has welcomed the announcement that the Kells road will be upgraded following the allocation €400,000 to the scheme by the Department of Transport.
The money was acquired under the Department of Transports’s specific improvement grant. The works will cover the road from Upper Patrick’s Street to the ring road serving Corcoran Terrace, Paddocks, Maiden Hill and Rose Hill.
“The need for the scheme is established in that the Kells Road is the only remaining route providing a direct link from the City to the Ring Road that has yet to be upgraded. The most recent, similar upgrade, was undertaken on the New Orchard Road and that is the type of standard which is aspired on the Kells Road. Planning for the scheme was secured a couple of years back and includes for road re-alignment, provision for pedestrian and cycling facilities, pedestrian crossing measures and public lighting,” said Cllr Coonan. To fund the Scheme development levies have been set aside and the council has secured state funding to the sum of €400,000 to advance the scheme to 2012. This will only part fund the scheme and additional funds will be required in 2013. To advance the scheme there is a requirement to acquire lands from 3 separate land owners.
Senior Engineer with Kilkenny County Council, Simon Walton said that the Council had already entered into negotiations with land owners. “The key thing is the acquisition of the land. The project cannot progress until the land is acquired. We’ve entered into negotiations with the land owners. Our preference is to avoid the compulsory purchase order but unfortunately that’s not always possible,” said Mr Walton.