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Work on La Touche stops

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Work has been going on for a year building 22 new houses in the grounds of the La Touche Hotel Greystones and converting the original shell of it to 5 terraced houses. The new houses are quite far advanced and significant structural work has been done on the old building, but about 3 weeks ago work stopped and there is nobody on the site. The building, the most prominent in the town, has been derelict for a decade and an eyesore and we were all hoping the long saga was…

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Greystones/Kilcoole infrastructure suffers as Development Levies spent elsewhere

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

The Councils Capital Budget for the next 3 years was discussed at Mondays meeting. Most is spent on housing and most funds come from Government. €10m comes from Levies on Development which is spent on Roads and Amenities. My concern is that they are building everywhere in Greystones & Kilcoole, probably 800 homes at the moment, and there is an urgent need for roads, paths and amenity facilities. However the Plan only allocates 4% of road spending and 7% of Amenity spending to the Greystones area even though at least…

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National Transport Agency outlines plans for Wicklow

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

NTA Chief Executive Ann Graham gave a good presentation to the Council meeting on 4th March outlining the problems and the NTAs solutions. On the railway the single line track around Bray Head is a major problem. I wrote a report in February 2018 suggesting partial double tracking as a way of providing 50% more DARTs to Greystones. This was ignored by Irish Rail but the NTA has got international rail experts involved, who will report by the end of March whether this is feasible. Looking forward to report. More trains…

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Metro must be reinstated to Sandyford and go further towards Wicklow

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The Irish Times reported that the Metro is to be cancelled to Sandyford. At present the Green Luas line is very overcrowded at rush hour, people can’t get on, and the much higher capacity Metro is needed. The new large town of Cherrywood is being built on the Luas and the very overcrowded M50/N11. In future the Luas is planned to be extended to Bray.  The Metro must be extended to Sandyford, as was planned, and further otherwise the existing Luas will be utterly full. The Metro should end in…

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Council plans Affordable, Social and Private Houses on sites in Greystones & Kilcoole

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The Council is applying for planning permission on  sites at Lott Lane, Kilcoole & by Three Trout Stream, Greystones to build 150 and 160 houses respectively. This is to be split approximately 65 Social, 55 Affordable and 200 private ones in order to provide a good social mix. ‘I especially welcome providing Affordable houses as this has not been done in Wicklow for some years’ Planning submissions should be sent to the Council by the 2nd April by 12.00 pm. The Greystones houses will be well back from the Stream to…

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Greystones public park started but paths muddy 

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Cllr Derek Mitchell welcomed the developer starting work on the public  park, north of the marina, but the Cliff Walk path is very muddy as a result. Both through the site where the trucks cross & along the path.  I have asked the developer and Council to urgently make a better temporary surface in view of the many people using it. The developer has quickly said he will clean the crossing and will keep it clean after heavy machines have crossed. These will mostly remain in the north area so…

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Mitchell presses Minister Eoghan Murphy for funds for Delgany to Blacklion Road

Posted by | Delgany, Transport | No Comments

Photo shows Cllr Derek Mitchell asking Minister for Environment Eoghan Murphy for funds. The Delgany to Blacklion Road upgrade is badly needed, with four large schools on it, and has been planned for 30 years. I have been frustrated trying to get it moving for a decade and brought this up with the Minister at the recent Fine Gael Ard Feis.

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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

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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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