Consideration should be given to including a specific objective within the revised plan to improve pedestrian and cycle connectivity at Aughmalogue Bridge. Improving connectivity may be achieved by creating a foot and cycle path through the eye of the bridge to the north of the R712 as illustrated in the attachment.
I would like Kilkenny County Council to adopt and enforce a policy that hedgerows should be cut no lower than 1.5m when cut, and that they should be ideally be left at 2m or more. Away from roadways especially, trees should be allowed to grow uncut in hedgerows with just some side-cutting where necessary.
Section 7.1: The list of policy objectives currently includes the objective to ‘Maintain and enhance existing rural community to ensure vibrant sustainable rural areas’. To this I would add: “Where Camphill communities have developed, the Council seeks to support the development of inclusive neighbourhoods, community led housing and social enterprise and promote the integration of a wide range of household types and people with varying degrees of support needs”.
Addition of the following text to the opening paragraph of Section 6.3: ”In those rural settlements where Camphill communities have developed, the Council seeks to support new initiatives, along the lines of inclusive neighbourhoods, community led housing and social enterprise [through funding policy and planning regulations] to develop and thrive”.
We would gratefully appreciate if a dedicated plan and commitment to upgrade this stretch of road could be included in the Kilkenny City and County 2021 to 2027 Development Plan. We understand that the road is under the remit of the TII but, as this is a City and County Development Plan, it would be appreciated if Kilkenny County Council could liaise closely with the TII in this regard.
The Kilkenny County Draft Development Plan 2021-2027 must commit a firm timeframe for the 2017 Ferrybank/Belview Local Area Plan to be reviewed given the earlier than expected change for Waterford in targets for population growth, employment growth and having regard for the creation of the Waterford Metropolitan Area