Local Work Archives - Councillor Derek Mitchell

Mitchell annoyed Greystones District only getting half funding of other areas. Wicklow Council Budget not fit for purpose.

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Wicklow County Council will be holding its Annual Budget meeting on the 29th November and for the first time in 20 years a Councillor I will not be supporting it. The other areas, Arklow, West, Brays budgets are €9m each, Greystones District is €4.5m. The population of each area is similar. Each other area has 2 or 3 times as many staff. Yet the Local Property Tax income is highest in Greystones due to higher house prices. It’s being used as a Cash Cow by the rest of the County….

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New Transport Strategy to improve DART, provide LUAS and better buses for Wicklow

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The Greater Dublin Transport Strategy 2022-2042 has been launched for consultation on the 9th November. The proposals are wide ranging include Wicklow items: The DART+ project will provide 50% more DARTs to Greystones before 2030. This follows on from my 2018 paper, on how to do it, and is being designed in detail. Consultation on the design is expected in 2022. DART to Wicklow Town will be later, possibly by battery operated DARTs which are to be ordered this year. LUAS to Bray & Environs is included. Park n’ Ride…

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Windfarms should set up Interpretive Centre in Greystones

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Greystones will be ‘Windfarm Central’ with the Codling Bank & the Dublin Array ones meeting offshore, some of the largest windfarms in Ireland. It is vital that this benefits the town and it is connected to them. I asked a year ago for one or both to set up an Interpretive Centre in Greystones with a view of the windfarm. So far they have made no commitments. I visited the Rampion Windfarm Visitors Centre in Brighton, UK, to learn about this. I was very impressed with its educational & visitor…

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Cliff Walk diversion route should be marked

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The Cliff Walk from Bray to Greystones could be closed some time while the Council tries to get land to move it inland a bit. I have asked that signs/maps be put up of diversion: along Cliff Road, main R761 down to Redford Dip or along a lane to the East. This crosses the rail line and leads to the harbour boardwalk. Many tourists won’t know it exists. The danger of collapse of the eroded Cliff Path is greater in wetter Winter conditions which is why it has been fenced…

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Delgany to Blacklion Cycleway & Road Compulsory Purchase Order hearing

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Delgany to Blacklion Cycleway & Road Compulsory Purchase Order hearing On Tuesday Bord Pleanala held a hearing, by Teams, into plans to build the missing central section of this road. The Council  needs to acquire about 20 small pieces of land, mostly at the end of gardens. 9 householders objected mostly wanting better boundaries to protect privacy. This road connects 5 large schools and is narrow and dangerous to cycle along. When built it will provide 4m wide cycle and footpaths on either side of a 6m road. This will…

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Data Centres in areas of large Renewable Generation should get priority of Electricity

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Areas with large Windfarms should get priority for electricity for Data Centres. The amount of Data centres in Ireland is putting a strain on electricity supplies and renewable targets. There is talk of restricting new Data Centres though these bring big economic benefits to the country. Areas which have large windfarms should get priority for electricity for Data Centres in order to provide an economic benefit to compensate for disruption and encourage acceptance.  Windfarms are often controversial, because of the visual effect and this will help gain acceptance. The Codling…

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Delgany N11 Junction10. Part must be kept open say Greystones Councillors

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Councillor Derek Mitchell (FG), Greystones Municipal District, Member, Wicklow County Council,C/o Kiltoorish, Manor Avenue, Greystones, Co. Wicklow. Phone/Fax 01-2874115(H), 087-2574969, 29th September, 2021. dmitchell@wicklowcoco.ie  www.derekmitchell.ie At Tuesdays meeting of the Greystones Municipal District, Councillors agreed to my motion to write to Transport Ireland to ensure that the N11 Junction 10, Delgany, stays open at least in the North direction. Also to include a road from Newtown to Willow Grove and to get the National Transport Authority to prioritise Public Transport.    The 4 large towns in East Wicklow have 2…

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Delgany J10 Part must be kept open

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Closing J10 will produce significant problems. I think that adequate safety and movement can be obtained by the plan below (numbers refer to Fig 1 in his report map below): Keeping open North on & off N11 to Delgany (1 & 5), Build Local Access overbridge as recommended. Close access 2, 3, 4, 6 as recommended. The overbridge will provide nearly as good access, be much safer and be better for busses, cyclist & pedestrians. The sight lines & merge speed for 1 can be much improved, within the existing…

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Mitchell concerned N11 proposals reduce Greystones Access to N11 & ignore railway

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The recently announced outline plans for the N11/M11from Bray to Coynes Cross close junction 10, Delgany but do not provide any replacement access. This is a busy junction, providing half the towns direct access to the N11, and closing it will create traffic chaos in Greystones. Junction 11, Kilpeddar, is defective and low capacity with a sharp bend and cannot take the extra traffic. It will also divert traffic on to the R761 and overload the roundabout at the top of Charlesland. 1,000 houses are being built close by and…

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Mitchell against delaying Development Plan

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The County Council will meet on the 27th July to consider delaying the Development Plan because of Covid delays. The Minister has recently allowed Councils to do this. However the Plan will not be ready until mid 2022, without delays. The Greystones/Kilcoole Plan can’t be started until the County one is completed and will take 2 years to prepare. The Greystones Plan was due to be redone in 2019 but this has had to wait for the County one to be completed to know the population numbers. Thus it could…

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