exsite_ravi, Author at Councillor Derek Mitchell

Confusion & Delay on N11 Upgrade, Reinstate Funding Now

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Minister for Transport Eatmon Ryan postponed work on the N11 upgrade for 2022 & 2023. This would have provided a proper priority for buses, doubling the public transport mode share from Arklow & other Wicklow places. An Interim Bus only priority scheme was then pursued expecting it just needed painting white lines on the road. This has been worked on by consultants and even a partial bus lane is now projected to cost €112m! Also the Interim plan will hinder the proper separation of crossing traffic, buses, cycles & cars…

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New Transport Plan lists improved transport for Wicklow

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The Greater Dublin Area Transport Strategy has been published after much consultation by the National Transport Authority. The main Wicklow items with target dates are: Enhancing the level of DART service to Greystones as part of DART+ South. This is to be done by partially double tracking the line as recommended in my plan of 2018 and validated by a subsequent Jacobs Study. Consultation was to have been done in 2022 but has been delayed to 2023. Implementation is before 2030. Providing electrified train services to Wicklow Town, Nass/Sallins &…

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Work starts on Greystones Media Campus

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Exploratory site works have started on the Greystones Media Campus which received Planning Permission a year ago. Once fully developed, the state-of-the art Greystones Media Campus will be Ireland’s largest studio complex offering 14 sound stages for use by domestic and international production companies. ‘The Campus will contribute to the creation of many jobs and reduce the reliance on commuting though it will be sad to see those field go’, said Cllr Derek Mitchell (FG)

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142 Cost Rental Homes in Delgany oversubscribed

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The Land Development Agency described the 142 Cost Rental homes in Archer’s Wood scheme, the first scheme in the country.  This has been heavily oversubscribed and the first ones allocated by lottery and people should move in January. 2 beds have been rented for €1455 pm. 94 1 beds will be offered in about 6 weeks  for a lesser amount.  ‘This sounds good value compared to the open market. I’m glad that this initiative will help the ‘squeezed middle’ who have not been able to afford a home.’ said Cllr…

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Mitchell welcomes Hotel proposal for Greystones

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Wicklow County Council is to look for bids to build an hotel and some other buildings such as apartments on land beside the Park n’ Ride site in Greystones. I welcome this and have long sought an hotel in Greystones. The Council outline plan suggested a 75 bed one, though I think it should be larger, have conference facilities and provide some extra space to add to the 450 Park n’ Ride spaces. The plan also suggests some apartments could be built and preserves many of the trees. The HSE…

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Council passes Budget. 2 extra staff for Greystones.

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On Monday 28th November the Council passed the budget unanimously without increasing the Commercial Rates as was originally recommended. A number of adjustments were made to some figures in light of better estimates. The Budget also includes 2 extra staff for Greystones as a result of a review of driver numbers. I analysed the figures and complained for years that there weren’t enough staff to cope with the rapid growth in Greystones and last year voted against the budget. The street cleaning machine has remained in the depot as there wasn’t…

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142 Cost Rental Homes in Delgany

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142 Cost Rental homes in Archer’s Wood, Delgany built by Cairn are now being offered by the Land Development Agency for. €1455 pm for 2 beds in Phaze 1. ‘This sounds good value compared to the open market. I’m glad that this initiative will help the ‘squeezed middle’ who have not been able to afford a home.’ said Cllr Derek Mitchell (FG) 48 are open for application now and 94 one beds will be open in early 2023. Net household income should be under €53,000 & not receiving social housing…

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N11/M11 Bus Priority Scheme plan displayed from Monday 28th November

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An interim Bus Priority Scheme has been designed and will be on display from midday Monday on the website https://n11m11.ie . Also for 2 days in person at the Glenview Hotel from 12 to 8pm when it can be discussed with experts. Submissions by 22nd December. They hope to do detail design in Q1 2023 and apply for planning permission in Q1 2024. The plan is to put bus lanes in both directions from Loughlinstown to Fassaroe and in the North direction from Kilmac to Glenview. The section in between,…

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