A NEW regional salt supply could be located in County Kilkenny, with the benefit of creating local jobs in addition to close access to road salt in the case of inclement weather.
The plans were outlined by Kilkenny County Council director of services John Mulholland at the council’s monthly meeting, and the council has been liaising with the National Roads Authority (NRA) about the possibility of locating one of its regional salt barns in Kilkenny.
The NRA is planning to develop 10 maintenance depots around the country, and there will be contracts for the day-to-day maintenance of the motorways, two of which pass through County Kilkenny.
A 2.5-acre site at Leggetsrath has been identified as a possible site for the development, with access via the Hebron Industrial Estate. The lands are owned by the council and the intention would be to arrange for a long-term lease by the NRA, according to Mr Mulholland.
A public consultation on the planning details will take place from now until February, with the planned development including a 3,000-tonne salt barn and brine tanks; workshop/ storage area for motorway maintenance equipment; office building and staff car park; and vehicle weighbridge.