Local Work Archives - Councillor Derek Mitchell

Dublin Area Transport Submission to NTA

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Submission to NTA Consultation on Greater Dublin AreaTransport Strategy 2022-2042 The inclusion of Greystones in the DART+ is welcomed and also the Bus priority on the N11 to the Glenview Junction and the Park n’ Rides locations. These will help persuade people to use Public Transport. Also the longer term commitments to the LUAS to Bray though this should be advanced. 8. Planning for Sustainable Transport There needs to be a greater dispersion of jobs to the periphery of the Metropolitan Region in order to reduce commuting demand. The expansion…

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Mitchell, Cancellation of N/M11 improvement scheme Major Blow to Wicklow

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The recent road funding announcement showed no funding for this much needed scheme. I enquired and found that it was decided in December to ‘Suspend’ it but it wasn’t announced. This scheme is vital to Wicklow residents and industry. When traffic returns to pre Covid levels it will be chaotic as many more houses have been built in the past 2 years and Cherrywood will have many new residents. Also the bus priority scheme, which is to go as far South as the Glenview Junction on the N11 has been…

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Greystones Council staff vacancies to be filled.

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Tuesdays meeting of the Council was told that 5 of the 12 outdoor staff positions in Greystones Municipal District were vacant as staff had left or retired. Most of these positions are to be recruited in January. Also a study of the staff numbers required is to be done early next year. ‘It is disturbing that so many positions have been allowed to be vacant at one time, no wonder it has been so difficult to get work done. I did an analysis of the amount of staff & budget…

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Major DART carriage order to improve service

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I welcome Irish Rail ordering new DART carriages, 30, with electric power only, to be used to provide extra capacity on existing lines, including to Greystones. 65 as battery/electric to serve Drogheda until wires are put up for full electrification. They cost over €2m each and should be in service in 2025. With wide access between carriages they will provide CCTV, better access for wheelchairs & cycles. They will be in 5s, the same length as present 4s. Also 2 sets can be joined to carry 1,100 people. The present…

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Community Benefit Fund Submission

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Submission on Community Benefit Fund of Offshore Windfarm ORESS Consultation Windfarms encounter local resistance in very many communities, including loud campaigns against them in Wicklow and other counties. Previous thermal power stations had major local benefits including jobs, trade, substantial rates to provide local services and giving the communities a sense of purpose. This is lacking in offshore wind which will provide few jobs, except where the base is, but will have a large visual effect on a wide area. Communities need to feel connected to it, need to see…

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Community Benefit Fund from offshore wind farms must be spent in the areas close to them

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Greystones will be ‘Wind Farm Central’ with the Codling Bank & the Dublin Array ones meeting offshore, the largest windfarms in Ireland. It is vital that this benefits the town and residents feel connected to it. It is important that the Community Benefit Fund from each wind farm is seen to be spent locally, in those areas that see the turbines. Consultation on this closed last week and I lobbied to get this fund kept local rather than National which was originally proposed. I want to see this fund spent…

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Greystones Harbour Progress on last Block

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It is expected that construction of the last Block, ‘D’ will start in March and finish about September 2023. This will have a commercial area on the ground floor and 30 apartments above. This area is currently hoarded off, I’m glad of progress towards finishing the area. Gates put on North Pier by Sispar & Council to be kept open except when storms overtopping pier and/or when significant risk to other harbour users from anti social behaviour. Last Summer some people felt intimidated by large groups who had gathered there….

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Greystones lack of staff must be resolved

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I complained at Mondays Council budget meeting that Greystones only got half the budget of other areas and half the staff. This has led to the ludicrous situation that an expensive street sweeper had sat in a shed for most of 5 years because there was no one to drive it. The Chief Executive did agree to recruit for 2 vacant posts now and do a study of the staffing needs of each area. However there was no commitment to extra staff so I voted against the Budget for the…

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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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