Local Work

Mitchell welcomes many more new schools for Wicklow

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Cllr Derek Mitchell, Cathaoirleach of Greystones District, welcomed the announcement of 4 new schools for Wicklow. I especially welcome the new Secondary school for Greystones & Kilcoole which I expect to be on the site zoned for this 15 years ago in Charlesland. Councillors deliberately zoned it so that it is next to excellent sports facilities including a running track, 5 a side pitches, tennis courts and a junior baseball diamond. ‘Rarely has a school been built next to such good public sports facilities’. It is targeted to open in…

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Mitchell launches a Plan to improve Rail & Commuter Transport in Wicklow

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Cllr Derek Mitchell has written a detailed paper proposing a tripling of train capacity on the Wicklow line by providing; an extra diesel service at peak hours; increasing the number of carriages from 4 to 8 and providing an extra DART from Greystones. Also express buses on the N11 from Arklow with Park n’ Ride & cycle parking there, Wicklow Town, Newtown, Kilpeddar and Glenview. These should copy the successful 84x and use the M11 and bus lanes into Dublin. Some should also go, at peak hours, to Sandyford and…

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Greystones Station concern

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Greystones Municipal District Councillors are writing to Irish Rail to complain about the waiting area in the station being turned into a restaurant. Greystones is the 5th busiest suburban station in Ireland but DARTs are only 2 per hour and 1 per hour at weekends. This makes for heavy peak loads. Also the track from Bray is less reliable than the rest of the DART. This results in passengers having to wait longer times than other DART stations. The present waiting area needs to be kept and improved. ‘The Council has…

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Greystones not Funded Properly

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Greystones does not get enough money. Yearly spending per resident is €251 in the West, €227 in Arklow, €194 in Bray but only €137 in rapidly growing Greystones. I am against further growth unless more money is found and roads planned for 30 years, for populations smaller than now, are built. An article by Catherine Murphy TD in the Irish Times highlighted that Wicklow, with a rapidly growing population, is not being funded adequately. This is in spite of the Local Property Tax introduction and is related to spending being…

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Mitchell wants camper vans restricted on Greystones Sea Front

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Cllr Derek Mitchell FG is proposing that camper vans should be banned from spending more than 1 night on Greystones sea front. Some vans, with families in them, have been camping there most of the Summer. I welcome visitor vans who want to stay 1 night but those staying longer need more facilities such as clothes drying and toilet emptying facilities which aren’t there. It is very unhealthy and unsightly. The Council and the Tidy Towns work hard to keep the area attractive. Currently the area has pay parking from…

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A Better Rail Service for Greystones, Kilcoole and Wicklow.

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Procurement of Refurbished and New Diesel railcars.  You are procuring improved carriages, I ask that you get them so that the doors in a limited number of carriages can be opened at short platform stations. These are normal in most other commuter railways but the IR carriages must open all doors on the train which means 8 carriages cannot be used on lines with short platforms (Kilcoole & Rathdrum for example). This will improve the service to Greystones and Wicklow by allowing longer 8 carriage trains in place of the…

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Greystones Harbour Boardwalk now started

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Cllr. Derek Mitchell said he’s really pleased Greystones harbour boardwalk is currently being built. The developer is currently cutting the large steel piles to the same height and will then put a concrete deck on top during 2017. The walk on the inside of the marina will be closed when this is going on and the Cliff Walk will be through the housing area. Building the apartments will start when the Boardwalk is complete but it will remain closed until the apartments are finished because of the danger when the…

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