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N11 study has already been redirected to study public transport

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Councillors did not want to ‘postpone’ the N11 study as the Green Party wanted at Mondays Council meeting, The problem is urgent and the study has already been redirected in 2019 to study public transport more. The Council’s Transport Committee will, next Monday, hear from the Study chiefs about the new objectives. As Chair of this, I was very keen to get this presentation and asked for it. I gather they will also check whether an interim bus lane could work. I will be asking for this presentation to be…

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N/M11 Road Public Transport study welcome

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I welcome the announcement that Public Transport improvements, including Bus Priority and Park n’ Ride are being considered. This will include an examination of interim options and hopefully will reduce the scale of the N11 works. This is being done by The National Transport Authority with the Council. Myself and many Councillors have been pushing for this to be done but I was not aware it was underway. It does not mention the rail line which is virtually empty at rush hour with the least number of trains of any…

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Green Party hypocritical in opposing N11 and Rail improvements in Wicklow

Posted by | Transport, Transport M50/N11, Wicklow | No Comments

Fianna Fail also opposed making development dependent on better transport. The Green Party opposed ‘improving  the South East rail line’ in the Regional Planning Guidelines. I asked the Minister for Environment to override this and he has now altered the wording to ‘improve’ rail. Now the Green leader Eamonn Ryan says he will shelve upgrade plans for the N11. In April 2015 I proposed that Rezoning in Wicklow should not take place unless Public Transport and the N11 had been improved. The Green Party & Fianna Fail voted against that…

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Green Party proposal to reduce N11 to 1 lane and a bus lane will Paralyse Wicklow

Posted by | Transport, Transport M50/N11, Wicklow | No Comments

The Green Party proposal to cancel the N11 upgrade and convert 1 lane to a Bus Lane will cause total chaos in Wicklow.  Speaking to Eamonn Ryan, Leader of  the Green Party, on East Coast Radio I was surprised to hear that he wants to reduce the car lanes on the already jammed N11. It is essential that the bus lane is EXTRA to the existing 2 lanes South of Kilmacanoge and there must be many Express Buses. North of Kilmacanoge there may well need to be 3 car lanes….

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Projects for Greystones District funded by LPT

Posted by | Community Facilities, Greystones | No Comments

Project Scheme Project Name Project Status  Project Cost Match Funding from WCC  Brief description Community CCTV Scheme  Greystones CCTV  Funding Approved  €115,000 €75,000 WCC Joint Policing Committee has recently approved the submission of application to the Department of Justice and Equality  for Greystones Community CCTV.  Sports Capital Programme 2017 Charlesland All Weather Pitch Refurbishment  Funding Approved  €59,271 €5,927 Refurbishment of 3 all weather pitches in Charlesland that are 10 years old.  ORIS 2019 North Wicklow Trails Network Development Application Submitted  €310,700 €38,140 Trail Upgrade Works on North Wicklow’s Trails Network,…

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Wicklow votes to fund Greenways, Climate Change measures, CCTV projects with 10% LPT rise.

Posted by | Community Facilities, Wicklow | No Comments

The Council voted 21 to 8 to increase the LPT by 10% in 2020. This is the first rise in 5 years and inflation has been 3.2%. The extra money is to fund many projects including: Changing street lights to LED to save energy, Many other Climate Change measures, CCTV scheme in Greystones Each Districts fund to improve Public Areas It will also assist with funding to resurface pitches at Shoreline, Three Trout Stream Greenway to Delgany, Greystones to Wicklow Greenway study, Kilcoole Walks & Newcastle games area which we…

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Minister directs Regional Authority to change Transport Plan. Welcome

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The Minister for Planning & Local Government has instructed the Eastern & Midland Regional Authority to amend its recently adopted Regional Plan to 2031 on transport matters. I welcome this direction as the changes to the Plan make it more likely that the DART as far South as Greystones will be improved and that the LUAS to Bray, Finglas, Lucan & Poolbeg will be properly planned & designed. I wrote to the Minister some months ago seeking this change. I voted against the changes which were proposed to the Transport Strategy but…

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Mitchell delighted new Charlesland Secondary school to open 1 year earlier.

Posted by | Community Facilities, Delgany, Education, Kilcoole | No Comments

Delighted Minister for Education has brought forward the new Charlesland Secondary school opening to 2020. I have been lobbying on behalf of the many worried parents who were told they were 80th on the waiting lists for the 2 Greystones Schools.  I zoned a 5ha. site for this 15 years ago next to the sports facilities and I have been urging the Department to buy this for years. Currently it has temporary planning permission for use as a builders yard. I expect it will open in temporary facilities. This will…

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Mitchell concerned at lack of land for manufacturing jobs

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I was asked by a manufacturing company, seeking 3 acres, to expand about where there are suitable sites in the area. Many employees live locally and they want to remain in the area. They approached the IDA about their 64 acre site in Greystones but were rebuffed. I feel it is wrong that manufacturing sites are not available as Greystones has a very low number of people working locally which forces so many to commute. I asked the Council to intervene with the IDA. However the IDA has said they…

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Mitchell concerned about lack of Windfarm information

Posted by | Environment & Bray Head, Wicklow | No Comments

Snippets of information appear in the news about windfarms off the Wicklow Coast. I asked the Council to find out the details of various plans and approvals, partly to see if the area could obtain a benefit from this. At the July meeting officials said the Council was not responsible for any offshore permitting and it was quite difficult to find out the status of these. So far as I know in 2005 the Codling Bank scheme obtained a foreshore licence for 220 turbines 15km from the nearest point, Greystones…

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