Greystones Archives - Councillor Derek Mitchell

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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Holyhead men paddle kayak to Greystones

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On Thursday 2 Holyhead men paddled their kayaks to Greystones, starting at 4am and arriving at Greystones Harbour Marina at 9 pm. The Irish Sea Charity Paddle was in aid of a Cancer Unit and a mental health charity in North Wales. Andy Smith and Steve Miles were welcomed by Kathleen Kelleher, Cllr. Derek Mitchell and a very welcome pint of Guinness. These had to be takeaway as with Covid restrictions they could tie up but not land. They were accompanied by a sailing boat from Holyhead Sailing Club which…

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Greystones again loses out on Council’s yearly budget

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I  have analysed how Greystones Budget compares based on the spend per person from the 2016 Census.  As before we are much the lowest spend. Arklow & West have over twice as much spent. This year Greystones funding is 63% below the average having been 51% below the last 2 years. The population is expanding faster than any other area and one would have thought that management would have increased the budget to cope. Management have in fact directed the increases to other areas, they are not serious about managing…

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Mitchell welcomes windfarm survey vessels to Greystones

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Mitchell welcomes windfarm survey vessels to Greystones. Cathaoirleach of Greystones Municipal District Derek Mitchell welcoming the skipper and engineer of The Fastnet Pelican to Greystones Harbour. They have been surveying cable routes to shore for the Codling Windfarm for the last 6 weeks. This information will form the basis of the licence application for the windfarm. The crew of 6 have been staying locally. We need to urgently save carbon and a windfarm 14km out to sea is a good way of doing that. The turbines will be visible from…

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Mitchell does not want to delay Greystones/Kilcoole Development Plan

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There is a move to delay finalising the County Development Plan because of lack of zoned land in some villages. The Greystones Plan will take 2 further years to prepare, after the County Plan is finalised, and was out of date in 2019. ‘They are building everywhere in Greystones and a plan for infrastructure to cope with this is urgently needed. I don’t want the Greystones/Kilcoole Plan delayed’ said Cllr Derek Mitchell Cathaoirleach Greystones Municipal District.  The same probably applies in Newtown, Wicklow Town and maybe Bray

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Codling and other Windfarms off Greystones Area

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This is a huge project, the largest power station in Ireland. It is important that the benefits come to those areas which will have to look at it. It will degrade the view a bit but saves a lot of Carbon, an important objective. Benefits will mostly go to the areas where the maintenance boats land the crew. Greystones Harbour has no space for a warehouse so may not be able to be THE only Maintenance Base. However it is closest to the Codling and is calm & deep. We…

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Greystones Cove subsidence repairs

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The road & retaining wall above Cove Beach Greystones has been subsiding for some time due to rougher waves and rain. Cracks have deepened in the wall. The Government has allocated €70,000 for works to stabilise this cliff face in the town centre. Link: https://www.greystonesguide.ie/the-crack-was-e70000/ Cllr. Derek Mitchell,Cathaoirleach Greystones Municipal District.

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Cairn, lack of Social Facilities

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Over 1,000 houses are currently being built in Greystones, mostly by Cairn. I am concerned that the specified Social facilities are not being provided or are substandard. These include Community Centres, Enterprise Centres, sports pitches, parks. As Cathaoirleach of the Municipal District I asked the Chief Executive of Wicklow County Council for details a month ago but cant get a reply so have sent a second request for information (below). Its not good enough that no one will control what Cairn are doing. Dear Frank, I wrote to you 1…

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Mitchell pleased Greystones finally gets EV Charge Points

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An objective of my year as Cathaoirleach of Greystones Municipal District was to get some Electric Vehicle charging points in the area. It was unusual as there were none. Pleased that a pair has now been installed in Tesco and at the harbour. The Council has agreed to install some in Shoreline Leisure car park as well. More are needed but at least its a start.

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