03 Mar 2010
Cllrs oppose levy to cover cost of link roads in Tralee Bypass
Tralee Councillors are opposing the proposed introduction of a development levy to cover the cost of link roads in the Tralee Ring Roads Project.
At the Town Council's monthly meeting, management said it's proposed to bring in a levy of €24.43 per square metre for houses, and €29.31 per square metre for non residential developments.
Tralee Town Council currently has a levy in place to cover roads, which equates to around €17 per square metre.
However in the Tralee environs - areas which don't come under the town council's management - there isn't any levy; so there are large gains to be made in that area.
The Department of the Environment has said the proposed levy appears to be quite high.
Town Council management say the levy is needed to cover the €4million cost of link roads in the Tralee Ring Roads Project, as central Government won't be contributing since it's already covered the cost of the main roads.
Councillors are vehemently opposed to the levy, saying it'll prohibit development.
They decided to put the issue back until next month's meeting, but it has to be dealt with within six weeks.
Meanwhile Kerry County Council has been given the go ahead to enter negotiations with landowners to buy the land needed for the road network; it can serve notices from next week.
yet another project, cpo'ed, but no closer to activity...