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Mitchell welcomes many more new schools for Wicklow

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Cllr Derek Mitchell, Cathaoirleach of Greystones District, welcomed the announcement of 4 new schools for Wicklow. I especially welcome the new Secondary school for Greystones & Kilcoole which I expect to be on the site zoned for this 15 years ago in Charlesland. Councillors deliberately zoned it so that it is next to excellent sports facilities including a running track, 5 a side pitches, tennis courts and a junior baseball diamond. ‘Rarely has a school been built next to such good public sports facilities’. It is targeted to open in…

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National Development Plan

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Pleased N11 improvements from M50 to Kilmacanoge included in National Development Plan for early design in 2018 and prioritized for construction. This is vital for Wicklow. Also improved Park n’ Ride in Greystones is included. Extra rail carriages are also included and I will be lobbying for some of these to be used for Wicklow commuters following on from the paper which I wrote on providing a better rail and commuter service.

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Wicklow broadband issue-latest

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There is breaking news that the National Broadband Plan (NBP) is in jeopardy due to the possible withdrawal of eir from the tendering process (see www.independent.ie/ www.irishtimes.com); However, the tender process it is in all likelihood to continue to completion. At the most recent Broadband Officer/ Regional Action Group meeting (Thursday 25th January 2018) with the Dept. CCAE, the tendering process was entering the final tender submission phase, with deliberation over the final tender winner predicted to be complete in Q2-2018, with final cabinet sign-off expected for Q3-2018. The on-site works on the NBP build-out…

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Mitchell pleased N11 works at Kilmacanoge receive design funding

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Mitchell pleased N11 works at Kilmacanoge receive Transport Ireland has allocated €100k for the fees to design and bring the Kilmacanoge Parallel Service Road to tender stage by midyear. This safety improvement will separate the traffic before the Southbound junction, similar to the N4 at Lucan. This should be complete next year or possibly this year if it goes well. This is Phase 1 of the of the 4 Phase plan to improve the M/N11 road from the M50 to Coynes Cross. At the same time tender documents for the…

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N11 Traffic Jams & National Infrastructure Plan. Lobby Now

Posted by | Press Release, Transport M50/N11 | No Comments

N11 Traffic Jams & National Infrastructure Plan. Lobby Now.  Decisions on this will be taken soon and getting the funding will involve intense competition from other areas of the country. If you are stuck in these traffic jams or just want better transport write to the T.Ds ask them to get this included. A summary of The Strategic Plan for the N11 is:  Phase 1: improve safety at Kilmacanoge with a separate lane as on Lucan Road.  Phase 2: 3rd lane from M50 to Fassaroe. Mostly this can be constructed on existing…

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Greystones Harbour Boardwalk now started

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Cllr. Derek Mitchell said he’s really pleased Greystones harbour boardwalk is currently being built. The developer is currently cutting the large steel piles to the same height and will then put a concrete deck on top during 2017. The walk on the inside of the marina will be closed when this is going on and the Cliff Walk will be through the housing area. Building the apartments will start when the Boardwalk is complete but it will remain closed until the apartments are finished because of the danger when the…

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Major report on N11 recommends 3 lanes to Kilmacanoge

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On Tuesday, Transport Ireland released the, long awaited, report on how to improve the N11/M50. This report was started in 2014 after Ministers Simon Harris, Andrew Doyle, Cllr Derek Mitchell and John Ryan met with Leo Varadakar, then Minister for Transport. It recommends: 3 lanes from the M50 to Kilmacanoge J9. These can mostly be fitted into the space of the wide central margin. Bridge over the Dargle at Fassaroe for local traffic. Service roads/lanes both sides from Fassaroe to Kilmac. Some land needs to be acquired on the West…

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Regional Body recommends M50/N11 Funding

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The Eastern Regional Authority is requesting that the N11/M50 upgrade gets funding under the National Capital Plan. This upgrade is not currently funded and it is important that it is included in a review currently taking place. The Authority stretches from Louth to Wicklow so it is useful to have got them to recommend it is funded. I am pleased to have got them to agree as it is important to try to get outside bodies to recommend that this is done before Wicklow seizes up. The National Roads Authority…

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Mitchell welcomes progress on new facilities at Harbour

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Work has started on the permanent Marina building to replace the temporary office for the Harbourmaster and toilets/showers. This will have a restaurant on the first floor which should be a good addition to the area. This should be complete by the end of the year. Meanwhile the Marina Village is expected to have 50 houses occupied by the Summer and will start building the apartments during this Summer. These will have basement parking and the soil from this will start the construction of the 15 acre public park at…

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Lidl to expand store in spite of extra traffic problems

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Bord Pleanala has granted permission for a 59% expansion of the Lidl store in Blacklion, Greystones. They also allowed the number of parking spaces to be reduced from 234 to 181. Lidl are required to provide land to inset the busy bus stop and to provide a left turn lane which will help traffic whenever built. No deliveries to or from the store are allowed at night (from 2200 to 0600 hours nor at school entry and leaving times (0800 to 930 and 1300 to 1530). ‘I objected to this…

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