Community Facilities

Greystones District, the goose plucked by the rest of Wicklow

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Greystones district, including Kilcoole & Newcastle, gets €172 per person a year to run the area whereas Bray, a similar urban area, gets €242 and thus has 3 times the staff. West Wicklow gets €331 each and Arklow & Wicklow Districts about €280. That’s why services are poor in Greystones. The money spent in the area was always small and has not increased in line with the population. The growth also increases the spend with roads being dug up frequently. When I complain about this, Councillor Patsy Glennon (FF) from…

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Greater priority needs to be given to buses from outer suburbs on city centre streets

Posted by | Bus/Train, Community Facilities, Local Work, Transport, Transport M50/N11 | No Comments

Buses should have priority on Dublin Streets. Greater priority needs to be given to buses from outer suburbs on city centre streets. The recently published Dublin Mobility Plan provides increased space on City Centre Streets for cycling and walking, especially around College Green. The significant population expansion of the Greater Dublin Area has mostly taken place in further out suburbs as the centre has not expanded much. Walking & cycling are only suitable for commuting short distances. The LUAS which has taken up much road space in Central Dublin, including…

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Submission to Consultation Process on Marine Planning & Development Bill with reference to Offshore Renewal Energy, Marine Planning Regime and marine leisure.

Posted by | Community Facilities, Environment & Bray Head, Greystones, Wicklow | No Comments

I made a submission in early January but feel more is needed after the Consultation session in Arklow where I briefly made the following points: Windfarms Visual impact. I represent the Greystones Municipal District and am concerned about the Visual Impact of proposed windfarms from the land. Particularily on large towns that face the sea and place significant emphasis on maintaining an attractive vista from promenades and piers such as Greystones & Bray. These towns have made significant investments in the seafronts and vistas. Also from coastal walks such as…

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Cairn permission for 294 homes in Charlesland

Posted by | Charlesland/Eden Gate, Community Facilities | No Comments

Cairn has got permission for 124 houses and 170 apartments in Charlesland, 10% of which will be Social ones 2,700 sq. m of Community Enterprise Centre & offices are required to be built first. I asked Bord Pleanala to get this built first as developers only seem to want to build houses in Greystones. I wrote a paper in 2005 with the Chamber of Commerce about the need for this place for start up businesses and it was then incorporated into the zoning requirements. We need jobs so we don’t…

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Projects for Greystones District funded by LPT

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Project Scheme Project Name Project Status  Project Cost Match Funding from WCC  Brief description Community CCTV Scheme  Greystones CCTV  Funding Approved  €115,000 €75,000 WCC Joint Policing Committee has recently approved the submission of application to the Department of Justice and Equality  for Greystones Community CCTV.  Sports Capital Programme 2017 Charlesland All Weather Pitch Refurbishment  Funding Approved  €59,271 €5,927 Refurbishment of 3 all weather pitches in Charlesland that are 10 years old.  ORIS 2019 North Wicklow Trails Network Development Application Submitted  €310,700 €38,140 Trail Upgrade Works on North Wicklow’s Trails Network,…

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Wicklow votes to fund Greenways, Climate Change measures, CCTV projects with 10% LPT rise.

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The Council voted 21 to 8 to increase the LPT by 10% in 2020. This is the first rise in 5 years and inflation has been 3.2%. The extra money is to fund many projects including: Changing street lights to LED to save energy, Many other Climate Change measures, CCTV scheme in Greystones Each Districts fund to improve Public Areas It will also assist with funding to resurface pitches at Shoreline, Three Trout Stream Greenway to Delgany, Greystones to Wicklow Greenway study, Kilcoole Walks & Newcastle games area which we…

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Mitchell delighted new Charlesland Secondary school to open 1 year earlier.

Posted by | Community Facilities, Delgany, Education, Kilcoole | No Comments

Delighted Minister for Education has brought forward the new Charlesland Secondary school opening to 2020. I have been lobbying on behalf of the many worried parents who were told they were 80th on the waiting lists for the 2 Greystones Schools.  I zoned a 5ha. site for this 15 years ago next to the sports facilities and I have been urging the Department to buy this for years. Currently it has temporary planning permission for use as a builders yard. I expect it will open in temporary facilities. This will…

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Mitchell wants plan for Greystones Greenroute

Posted by | Community Facilities, Delgany, Greystones | No Comments

I am calling on the Council to produce a plan for the Greenroute along the Three Trout Stream  from the sea to Delgany. This should form an attractive walk and has been an objective for decades. There are various suggestions that individual developments will produce sections of it. An overall plan dealing with lighting, security, biodiversity etc. is needed so that it joins up in a coherent way. I am asking the Council to produce this plan so that each section which is developed fits in to a plan.

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Greystones/Kilcoole infrastructure suffers as Development Levies spent elsewhere

Posted by | Community Facilities, Greystones, Kilcoole | No Comments

The Councils Capital Budget for the next 3 years was discussed at Mondays meeting. Most is spent on housing and most funds come from Government. €10m comes from Levies on Development which is spent on Roads and Amenities. My concern is that they are building everywhere in Greystones & Kilcoole, probably 800 homes at the moment, and there is an urgent need for roads, paths and amenity facilities. However the Plan only allocates 4% of road spending and 7% of Amenity spending to the Greystones area even though at least…

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Greystones public park started but paths muddy 

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Cllr Derek Mitchell welcomed the developer starting work on the public  park, north of the marina, but the Cliff Walk path is very muddy as a result. Both through the site where the trucks cross & along the path.  I have asked the developer and Council to urgently make a better temporary surface in view of the many people using it. The developer has quickly said he will clean the crossing and will keep it clean after heavy machines have crossed. These will mostly remain in the north area so…

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