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Mitchell says changes needed to Kilcoole & Newcastle 84 bus service

Posted by | Bus/Train, Kilcoole, Newcastle | No Comments

The new timetable has deleted 3 Northbound services and 1 Southbound leaving 19 and 18. This is a major reduction (15% Northbound) at the same time as a reduction in train service. Naturally more people will use cars on the already overcrowded roads and many new houses are being built. It is also contrary to the future Bus Connects plans for a better service. I have asked the NTA & Dublin Bus to urgently change: a.     Previous 07.20 North which schoolchildren got to Bray and elsewhere. They will now be driven….

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Kilcoole Main Street & Housing Plan needs changing

Posted by | Kilcoole | No Comments

Bord Pleanala has received a Strategic Housing Development  Application for 262 homes and some Commercial Units. Applications for over 100 houses go direct to the Bord and this is the first one in Wicklow under this new procedure. While houses are welcome this plan needs drastic changing. I have asked the Bord to make major changes to the scheme. It was intended that this area would be a Town Centre for the large village of Kilcoole, population about 5,000. This does not seem to be a Town Centre and the…

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Mitchell concerned that Bus route changes are worse for Greystones/Kilcoole

Posted by | Greystones, Transport | No Comments

I am going to an NTA briefing but am concerned that it is based on wrong information and will produce a worse service: Questions to NTA. 1. The existing DART frequency Bray Greystones is shown as 20 mins. In fact it is 30 mins. At the last briefing, a year or so ago, I specifically corrected this point, which was discussed, when you had it 15 min. It seems incredible that this important fact is AGAIN wrong and calls into question the whole procedure. 2. The proposed Greystones DART frequency…

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Opening Greystones Way

Posted by | Community Facilities, Greystones | No Comments

Greystones Way Trail speech opening by Cathaoirleach, Greystones Municipal District. 26th June 2018 5.15 pm. Cathaoirleach Wicklow County Council, Pat Vance, Ministers and TDs, Members Wicklow Co Co, Chief Executive and District Manager and staff of Wicklow Co Co, Wicklow Tourism, Uplands Council and a number of people interested in walking. Welcome to all. I am delighted to ‘open’ the Greystones Way Trail from Greystones train station to Kilmacanoge connecting to the existing Sugar Loaf Way there. An 8km trail walk from Greystones train station, Whitshed Road through the Edwardian…

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Opening wider footpath at St. Laurence’s School

Posted by | Community Facilities, Wicklow | No Comments

This improvement to widen the road and footpath is badly needed. Previously trucks mounted the narrow pavement when passing which was very dangerous for pedestrians walking to school. We need to encourage walking to school and this wider road and proper path will help. We now need to widen the road the remainder of the way in order to provide for people walking & cycling to the 4 large schools on it, something which has been planned for many years.

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Mitchell objects to harbour house design changes.

Posted by | Community Facilities, Greystones, Harbour | No Comments

The developer of the harbour houses has proposed changes which mean they now propose to overlook Mt. Haven behind the railway line. I have objected as Mount Haven Residents were previously assured they would not be overlooked. I expect the harbour houses will be altered. I have also asked that provision would be made for occasional camping, by laying down service pipes, for special authorised marine events such as Rowing & Sailing Regattas and Sea Scouts events.

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Mitchell welcomes many more new schools for Wicklow

Posted by | Community Facilities, Wicklow | No Comments

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

Posted by | Bus/Train, Greystones, Transport | No Comments

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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