Sispar announced at Tuesdays meeting of Greystones Town Council that work on opening the marina has been held up by someone threatening to take an Injunction if work starts. It had been expected that the marina would open in early 2013 following the design and installation of pontoons. A packed meeting of people who wanted berths was held in March 2012 and a follow on meeting was due in May and this has now been postponed until the legal issues have been resolved.
They have agreed to grass over most of the, currently unattractive and barren, North part of the site and top soil is being accumulated from this week with completion expected in 8 weeks. The walk is also being straightened in places.
‘I am disturbed that the marina is held up as this will make the harbour come alive and provide jobs and tourism benefits. I have asked Sispar to inform me of who is taking the legal case and they are to consider this. For months I have been urging them to ‘green’ the North part of the site as this is currently an ugly entrance to the town from the Cliff Walk and I am pleased they are now doing this’.
The erosion of the beach has been quite severe for 30m at the South End. Sispar said that the erosion on the Beach is in line with the expected amount of coastal retreat in the contract and with the pattern over the last century. They will be replacing some beach material in this section. They are still hoping to start construction of the Health Centre in September but this is dependent on funding which has been delayed like all other Health Centres.