Local Work

Irish Rail tender for Design of Drogheda DART & Greystones Capacity Improvements

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

On Thursday Irish Rail has gone to tender to do the detail design of the DART expansion on the Coastal line from Drogheda to Greystones. For the first time this includes ‘increases to the capacity of the Bray to Greystones section’ . ‘I am delighted that this is now included in the DART upgrade plan. Originally this was not included and I wrote a paper, launched by Minister Simon Harris, on how it could be done in 2018 by partially double tracking it’. The tender is to design the track,…

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Submission to Consultation Process on Marine Planning & Development Bill with reference to Offshore Renewal Energy, Marine Planning Regime and marine leisure.

Posted by | Community Facilities, Environment & Bray Head, Greystones, Wicklow | No Comments

I made a submission in early January but feel more is needed after the Consultation session in Arklow where I briefly made the following points: Windfarms Visual impact. I represent the Greystones Municipal District and am concerned about the Visual Impact of proposed windfarms from the land. Particularily on large towns that face the sea and place significant emphasis on maintaining an attractive vista from promenades and piers such as Greystones & Bray. These towns have made significant investments in the seafronts and vistas. Also from coastal walks such as…

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Cairn permission for 294 homes in Charlesland

Posted by | Charlesland/Eden Gate, Community Facilities | No Comments

Cairn has got permission for 124 houses and 170 apartments in Charlesland, 10% of which will be Social ones 2,700 sq. m of Community Enterprise Centre & offices are required to be built first. I asked Bord Pleanala to get this built first as developers only seem to want to build houses in Greystones. I wrote a paper in 2005 with the Chamber of Commerce about the need for this place for start up businesses and it was then incorporated into the zoning requirements. We need jobs so we don’t…

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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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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 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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Commercial Fishermen & Greystones Harbour. Meeting Notes. 18/7/19

Posted by | Greystones, Harbour | No Comments

Options. North Pier. Access problems for commercial vehicles and 600 residents, and safety on pier. 12 residents have written complaining of danger and intimidation and want to be represented. South pier. Enough space? Reconfigure boatyard? Need for subsidy to replace income, truck access through children launching? Alter pier? Might work. Placing a pier/pontoon out from the narrow slipway in the public harbour. On Thursday 18th July Councillors met fishermen and the marina operators, Sisk, Glenveagh, Council staff and Bord Iasce Mara. 2 representatives of Marina Village were waiting outside the…

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