Sispar, who are building the harbour, stated that the marine works are still on target to be completed this October and building the Medical centre will start then provided Wicklow Council vote for it in September. Completion is expected late in 2011. It is hoped to build the Public Square, Clubhouses and take down the hoardings by the same time.
Because of this building it is unlikely that the marina can open until early 2012 as land access will be across the building site. Sispar is keen to add up to 34 houses to the planning permission later and will consider this following Bord Pleanala’s ruling that moving some of the old town dump will require their approval. The problem being that Bord Pleanala’s approval process could take over a year.
The new public slip has been opened and the Liaison Committee was told that it was now possible to launch 3 boats at one time even at low water (when most slips run out of water), which is a great improvement. When finished there will be a second wide slip and I am delighted that there will be the best public boat launching facilities in the country.
I have made a submission to the Planning process to ask that better drainage be provided in Darcy’s field to try to reduce erosion and that more boat storage and maintenance areas be provided to produce more jobs. Also I have asked that the large Public Square be reorganised to provide more open continuous space for major town events such as concerts, parades, car shows etc.