Community Facilities

Opening Greystones Way

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Greystones Way Trail speech opening by Cathaoirleach, Greystones Municipal District. 26th June 2018 5.15 pm. Cathaoirleach Wicklow County Council, Pat Vance, Ministers and TDs, Members Wicklow Co Co, Chief Executive and District Manager and staff of Wicklow Co Co, Wicklow Tourism, Uplands Council and a number of people interested in walking. Welcome to all. I am delighted to ‘open’ the Greystones Way Trail from Greystones train station to Kilmacanoge connecting to the existing Sugar Loaf Way there. An 8km trail walk from Greystones train station, Whitshed Road through the Edwardian…

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Opening wider footpath at St. Laurence’s School

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This improvement to widen the road and footpath is badly needed. Previously trucks mounted the narrow pavement when passing which was very dangerous for pedestrians walking to school. We need to encourage walking to school and this wider road and proper path will help. We now need to widen the road the remainder of the way in order to provide for people walking & cycling to the 4 large schools on it, something which has been planned for many years.

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Mitchell objects to harbour house design changes.

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The developer of the harbour houses has proposed changes which mean they now propose to overlook Mt. Haven behind the railway line. I have objected as Mount Haven Residents were previously assured they would not be overlooked. I expect the harbour houses will be altered. I have also asked that provision would be made for occasional camping, by laying down service pipes, for special authorised marine events such as Rowing & Sailing Regattas and Sea Scouts events.

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Work on La Touche Hotel finally starts

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The developer has finally started work turning it into 22 new houses and 5 tall terraced houses in the old shell. The site has been derelict and an eyesore for 15 years so it is good to see progress. ‘It will be disruptive for those living and working next to it but it does need doing’. The new houses will be timber frame and be made mostly off site and craned into place. This is quicker and less disruptive than traditional construction. Overall it is expected to take 18 months…

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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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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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Greystones not getting its share of Council Services.

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The money to provide Council services in the Greystones district has not expanded even though the population has grown massively. I have researched the council finances and the other areas get more than 50% more per resident. This is why the roads, footpaths and litter are such issues in the Greystones District. A lot of property tax is raised in the area but much of it is going to provide services in other areas. This has not improved since last year and if it does not improve in future I…

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Mitchell welcomes La Touche tidy up

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Work is now being done on La Touche Hotel, Greystones. This seems to include painting parts of it. I asked for a 3% Derelict Site Tax to be put on the building and this has concentrated the developers mind and is working to encourage improvements. I have also met the developer a month ago, with Cllr Mcloughlin, and impressed on them that we are determined to get this sorted. I intend to try to keep pressure up to get them to get on with preservation and rebuilding. The pictures show…

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Mitchell demands builder repairs La Touché Hotel

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Cllrs Derek Mitchell and Grainne Mcloughlin met the owners and demanded they reinstate the structure as per the planning permission for 27 houses. Both have got the Council to list it as a derelict site and a 3% site value tax will apply from 1st September. We complained that the weeds from the site made it difficult to walk along the pavement and at least they have subsequently tidied them up. The developers, New Generation Homes, and their Structural Engineers suggested that it was not feasible to reinstate it, only…

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