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Wicklow’s income for supplying all Dublin’s water should be re-instated

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Wicklow supplies 90% of Dublin’s water from the Roundwood and Blessington reservoirs. For 153 years either Bray and Greystones got free water under the 1861 Dublin Corporation Waterworks Act or a payment was received as compensation for this. However this stopped in 2014 due to changes in council finances and the creation of Irish Water. ‘I have prepared a paper which has drawn together these facts which we need to lobby the Government. Initially the previous grant should be reinstated and a long term fee per cu. Meter of water….

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Mitchell demands roads are improved before Lidl store is expanded

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Cllr Derek Mitchell has objected to the planning application by Lidl to expand their store in Greystones. ‘the traffic in the Blacklion area is very congested, some people tell me it can take an hour to get from Hillside to Bray, and the long delayed plans to improve the roads must be completed before this store expands and adds extra traffic’. The Council has been planning the Blacklion to Delgany Road since 1989 but it is a long way from completion. Also planned for many years are improvements to the…

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Delgany to Blacklion Road. Councillors to put pressure on officials

Posted by | Delgany, Transport | No Comments

I am pressing strongly to get this road included in the overall Council’s Capital Budget. A section, in picture, will open this year as part of a housing development currently with showhouses. All Greystones Councillors agreed to vote against the Capital Budget unless the remainder of this road is funded’. There are 3 pinch points on the current footpath, one of which will be eliminated when the road section opens this year. Another part can be widened within the existing width but the third will require purchase of land. Councillors…

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Mitchell objects to 89 Houses in Delgany

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A builder has applied for planning permission to build 89 houses on Bellvue Hill in Delgany. This is quite a dense development but there is no footpath from it to the village. ‘I have objected to this as it must be linked to the village by a footpath and also because this land has flooded a lot’. A major problem is that the Delgany to Blacklion Road has not been built even though it has been planned for 27 years. There are 4 schools on this road and the middle…

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Irish Rail offer little hope for Greystones on Timetable Revision

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Chris Rafferty  District DART Manager and Stephen Kane Timetable Planner attended Greystones Municipal District Meetingon Tuesday. They said that the new timetable, which provides 10 minute services from Bray, would probably come into operation after Easter but they were not finalised yet. The draft timetable showed trains taking 5.5 minutes extra time but they were not able to offer much hope on that. This meant that, to get to work in Dublin at 9 a Greystones person would have to get the 7.30 DART instead of the 8.00 at present….

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Draft DART Timetable Changes

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To: Public Consultation TO: NTA/Irish Rail.   Draft DART Timetable Changes   I am making this submission to express my concern about the DART timetable changes for the Greystones and the Wicklow rail service. The draft timetable for 2016 shows that while there are more trains to Bray, Greystones and South Wicklow get no extra trains and the time taken will be 12% longer. To get into work at 9 in Dublin people will have to leave on the 07.30 ex Greystones instead of the 08.00 now. This timetable will…

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Transport Plan gets it wrong on Wicklow

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The recently published Draft Transport Strategy for the Dublin Region proposes that the LUAS goes to Bray which is welcome. However South of Bray the Strategy seriously understates current and future transport demand in Wicklow. Currently the roads are full and the rail line empty. The solutions planned will not work according to Cllr Derek Mitchell, Chair of the Council’s Transport Committee, who previously spent 22 years campaigning to get the DART to Greystones. ‘I counted the number of people getting on busses and trains in Greystones and it is…

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Mitchell welcomes progress on Greystones harbour

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The clubhouses for the Sea Scouts, Sailors, Divers, Anglers and Rowers are nearly complete and will be handed over to the clubs for final finishing in early December. I also notice that long hours, including weekend work, are being worked on the large public square. I anticipate that this will be open before next Summer. Agreement has recently been reached between Sisk, who have built the harbour, and Targeted Investment Opportunities which allows the buildings to be developed. Preliminary works have started on 60 houses, north of the existing Sailing…

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Tagging of Criminals welcomed by Mitchell

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The Minister for Justice has announced that a system of electronic tagging of criminals will be introduced as well as more Garda resources’ and fast cars. A particular focus will be on about 200 habitual criminals in a number of gangs. ‘I welcome the tagging which will allow the Garda to monitor the criminals and is cheaper and more effective than imprisonment. A large number of burglaries are by repeat offenders who have been roaming the motorways and I hope this will curb them’.

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