A PUBLIC meeting to give an update on the campaign to clean and restore the King’s River in Callan has been arranged for October 8 at 7.30pm in the Droichead Family Resource Centre on West Street, Callan.
The get-together has been organised by Councillors Seán Tyrrell and David Kennedy.
The campaign started in December 2016 when a committee was elected at a public meeting and Seán and David raised the matter at the Kilkenny County Council meeting.
Sean told The Reporter: “I was encouraged by the support from the people of the area who signed and distributed petitions and told us that they were delighted to see someone finally doing something to improve the appearance of their river.”
There followed a successful application for funding with the assistance of the council, made through the Town and Village Renewal Scheme which resulted in €72,000 being made available in October last year for the project.
There are many rules and regulations dealing with Planning and the Environment which involve the OPW, Irish Fisheries and the Department of the Environment.
An Environmental Impact Study had to be obtained and this forms part of a planning application.
It is hoped that all of the hurdles will be cleared so that work can begin in the time period of July to September 2019 as those are the months only on which work on the river is permitted.
The red tape that needs to be overcome has slowed down but not stopped progress on the project.
“Perhaps, this explains why the King’s River, which should be a scenic amenity in Callan and not an eyesore was left in such a neglected state by so many for so long,” said Seán
The Callan King’s River Committee is urging locals to attend the meeting as it believes it is important to inform and update the community.
The committee is also determined to continue to put in the time and work to see the river restored to its full potential and it is confident this will happen.