Community Facilities

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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The Need to continue the Community Benefit to Wicklow in Return for Supplying Dublin with most of its water

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Prepared by Cllr Derek Mitchell, Chair Strategic Policy Committee on Roads, Transport and Environment. 087-2574969. Mitchelldc0@gmail.com February 2016  Management Summary Wicklow’s Community Benefit has stopped in 2015 after a century and a half. Wicklow supplies Dublin with 89% and Kildare with 75% of their water. It has been recognised since 1861 that Wicklow needed to benefit in return. A direct benefit was received or payment made for 153 years up to 2014 but this benefit has not been paid yet for 2015. It needs to be paid and put on…

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Transport Report plans LUAS to Bray, nothing for South of Greystones

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The National Transport Authority has released a vast draft plan for the Greater Dublin Region to 2035. It recommends putting the LUAS to Bray, increasing the DART frequency, bus feeder services in Bray and Greystones and more Park n’ Ride sites. However while it seems to recommend a high frequency DART service to Greystones it does not seem to allow for the single track which would not allow this. Also it makes no allowance for any extra diesel services south of Greystones. The highly complicated transport model predicts there will…

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Greystones Harbour Public Facilities and Homes to proceed

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Wicklow County Council voted, with 20 for and 3 against, on Monday to transfer land to build 358 homes to the builder who has rebuilt the wrecked harbour. In 2003 the Council agreed the plan for a Public Private Partnership where the harbour was rebuilt at no cost to the taxpayer by allowing these homes to be built mostly on reclaimed land. ‘The builder is now working fast to complete the free clubhouses for the Sea Scouts, Rowers, Divers, Sailors and Anglers and the large Public Square. Cllr Whitmore did…

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Mitchell Welcomes Delgany and Killincarrick Road and Footpath Restoration

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The road and footpath from Delgany Wood to Killincarrick are in very poor condition and I have been pressing for years to get them improved. Walking to school needs to be made safer to cut down car usage. Finally the Council has agreed to restore the surface of this stretch of road and put in a wider footpath which is height separated from the road. Major changes to the busy roundabouts at Killincarrick are also being made this Summer mainly to provide Zebra Pedestrian Crossings. I very much welcome these…

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