Greystones

La Touche Hotel, third minor design change.

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Early this year the developer submitted a plan to develop 26 houses, including 5 within the shell of the old hotel. The Council requested a number of design changes to reduce the impact on the Architectural Conservation Area and more recently some to provide better footpaths. The developer has made some changes including the provision of 50 bike parking spaces. The Council is due to make a decision by the 22nd September. ‘I objected to some aspects but these have been changed and now we need progress on this prominent but derelict…

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Greystones Cruiser Regatta, 2nd largest Sailing Event in Ireland

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Sunday the 30th August is looking like a very busy day on Greystones waterfront with a very large sailing event in the morning and the Wicklow lifeboat and Coastguard helicopter expected later. On the Saturday many swimmers are expected for the Greystones Challenge Swim 1k 2k 3k 4k Event at the South Beach starting at 3 pm. The Sailing Club and Marina are organising the Cruiser Regatta for the third year since the marina opened. This year over 140 boats are expected to race on Sunday. Boats from Holyhead will race over arriving on Saturday evening, most…

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Council to improve Burnaby Park, Greystones

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The Greystones Municipal Councillors decided on Tuesday how to spend the once off fund for local improvements which has resulted from the Non Principle Private Residence tax collected:   In Burnaby Park the surface of the central path is to be improved and lighting is to be provided. Most Zebra Pedestrian crossings in the area are to have improved lighting to make them safer. This will be similar to the lighting on the ones in Kilcoole and Killincarrick. Better surfaces will be provided on the pedestrian paths in Newcastle Park and next…

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Mitchell protests at Greystones Projects being excluded from Council’s Capital Spending

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On Monday 27th April Wicklow County Council passed the Capital Spending Plans for the next 3 years. Of the €58m of projects listed only a miniscule €182k or .3 % was for the Greystones/Kilcoole area even though we have 20% of the population. 50% is to be spent in Bray and 23% in the Arklow area. ‘I voted against this discrimination and was disappointed no other Councillor voted against. Area Councillors need to get behind efforts to demand a proper budget for the area. Greystones is the fastest expanding area and we…

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Council asks for a partial redesign of La Touche Hotel housing plan

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Wicklow County Council has asked for 13 points of further information about the planning application for 26 houses on the site of the La Touche Hotel. In effect this is a request for a partial redesign within the Architectural Conservation Area.  They welcome the retention of the historic building but are concerned that the sea side new buildings dominate the Hotel, adjoining buildings and the walk from the Harbour. The Council has also requested footpath, parking and other improvements in the design. Cllr. Derek Mitchell said ‘I objected to this…

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Mitchell objects to La Touche redevelopment

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Cllr. Derek Mitchell said ‘The La Touche Hotel has been a very prominent derelict site for over 10 years and it needs to be redeveloped. However the present plan, for 26 mostly tall houses, is too near Cliff Road, on the sea side, too tall and hides the old structure. It would be much better if a curved terrace was built on the sea side, more in character with the old hotel. I have objected to these aspects of this plan and would urge other concerned people to object before…

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Greystones Harbour work restarts

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Work has started this week to build the clubhouses for the 5 clubs. The Sea Scouts, Rowers, Sailors, Divers and Anglers will receive free clubhouses from the developer, Sisk, with completion expected at the end of this year (photo). The temporary boat compounds are now being moved to allow laying underground pipes and a permanent surface prior to the boats moving back in mid summer. ‘it is great to see progress again and this will be a boost to marine and youth activity in the town. No other town in…

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Mitchell pleased Irish Water are improving reliability of Greystones Area Water supply

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Irish Water has just informed the Council that it is making substantial investments ‘as a high priority’ to install pressure boosting pumps for the Greystones Reservoir, Blackberry Lane, Delgany, and also one for  Tinnapark, Kilpeddar. They are to install a looped main for Timmore Lane and to connect the new Bellvue Hill pump to the ESB. All of these works are scheduled for completion by mid March 2015. They are also to get Consultants to study how to improve supply at Glencormick North near  Kilmacanoge. Every Spring the water was…

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la Touche Images of new Plan

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I think that the land side looks well. However the 7 houses facing the sea at Cliff Road are too imposing and hide the old building too much. I think they should be made a curved terrace thus allowing better views of the old hotel. They could also be reduced in size and placed further away from the road. The site has been derelict for 15 years and needs to be rebuilt. Derek.   LaTouche_2015 - Proposed Development, Greystones      

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Mitchell pleased that development planned for derelict La Touche Hotel, Greystones.

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A company called Kavere La Touche has recently applied for planning permission to develop 26 houses of 3 and 4 stories in the shell of the old hotel and 58 car spaces. They also intend to use the old bank for commercial purposes and to redevelop 1,000 m2 of commercial space behind the frontages of 2 houses on Marine Terrace. A public open space, seats, a play area and lawn will face the sea. Cllr Derek Mitchell said ‘The most prominent building in Greystones, the front and back walls of…

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