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Mitchell against proposal to build houses on Greystones Golf Course

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The Club has received an unsolicited offer to provide a new, larger, course near Bellvue, Delgany in exchange for the course in the centre of Greystones. The members are at a very early stage of firming up and making a decision on this. The land adjoins Heathervue, The Burnaby and Burnaby Heights. The land is zoned for ‘Active Open Space’ and would need to be rezoned for houses. It forms a green lung within the town. Land is already zoned for 4,000 extra houses in Greystones and I am opposed…

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Public Sector Wage Agreement will result in inefficiencies

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The Government has agreed to Public Sector wage rises over the next 2 years. They have also agreed to reduce outsourcing by not allowing the cost of wages to be compared when deciding. It is essential that public services are provided as efficiently as possible and there should be more outsourcing, not less. The decision to do it should be based on a proper cost comparison, including salaries and pensions. Wicklow Council has reduced staff by 25% and most of this gap should be made up by outsourcing tasks using…

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Delgany stop/go System will cause traffic chaos

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Wicklow Council has been planning, in consultation with the Delgany Community Council, to improve Delgany Village by calming traffic and widening pavements. This includes ramps, a 30 kph speed limit in the centre and a single lane system with stop/go traffic lights near the closed petrol station. I think that this will cause traffic disruption and queues in the centre and inconvience many people. For example people from Delgany Wood and Delgany Hills will have more trouble getting to the N11 and those going to the National School will have…

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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 welcomes Kilcoole Playground

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Mitchell welcomes Kilcoole Playground   An agreement to build a children’s playground on Sea Road, Kilcoole has been agreed. This has been planned for many years and is badly needed. Kilcoole is probably the largest place in Wicklow without one, yet it has a very young population. ‘The Council has the money to do this and I am hopeful it can be completed in 2015’.

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Wicklow Council votes for massive housing increase

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At Monday’s council meeting the population targets section of the Development Plan was passed. The housing involves a massive 8,000 increase in houses in Bray and a 5,000 increase in Greystones. I proposed reducing the expansion and also making some of the expansion dependent on the N11/M50 and Public Transport being improved. This was supported by Fine Gael Councillors, John Ryan, Grainne McLoughlin and Irene Winters, however a big majority of Councillors voted to expand even without a transport improvement being a condition. Sinn Fein and even the Green Party voted for…

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Mitchell demands N11/M50 improvements before Co Wicklow expands further.

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On Monday, Wicklow County Council is considering the Wicklow County Development plan 2016-2022 which is proposing that the population of the 4 main towns expands by 43% and the number of houses by 66% by 2025. ‘I am proposing that this large expansion should be made dependent on improving the overcrowded N11/M50 and improved public transport as no improvements are planned currently. I am also proposing a technical change which will reduce the number of houses somewhat’ ‘The present plan allows considerable expansion even though the N11/M50 is well overcapacity….

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Mitchell welcomes new Primary School in Greystones hopefully in Charlesland

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A  new Primary School in Greystones has just been approved. I hope and expect it will be in Charlesland and that it will open in 2015 although this is not confirmed yet.  Between Charlesland and Eden Gate there is more than a schoolfull of children and the nearest school is 3.5km from them so they are all driven. In Charlesland the footpaths are good and if there is a local school the children will be able to safely cycle or walk which will cut down traffic and be good for…

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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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