A recent meeting of Wicklow County Council was told that the sewerage plant at Greystones was at capacity and new development could not be allowed until it was extended. In February 2008 the Council applied to the Minister for Environment, John Gormley (Green Party) for €2m under a standard grant programme (The Serviced Land Initiative). A developer has agreed to pay the Council’s share of €3m as his development is held up because of this.
The Council wrote to the Minister in both March and May 2009 asking for this grant as it was urgently needed but no reply has been received. Contractors have been shortlisted and work can be competed 2 years after approval by the Minister.
The 22 month delay by this Green Party Minister in approving the grant is disgraceful. At a time when little building work is available it would be very positive to have these jobs.
The greatest need in Greystones is to produce jobs, to reduce commuting, and in the long term enough capacity in the extended sewerage works must be reserved for creating industry and jobs within Greystones.