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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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Transport Minister Ross meets Wicklow Delegation

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Minister for Transport Shane Ross met a delegation from the Council who are concerned about traffic jams on the N11 and providing a better train service, in Bray Town offices today. Cllr Derek Mitchell said “ The N11 was built in 1973 and is heavily overloaded creating big traffic jams most weekdays. The Road Authorities have been studying this for years and have no conclusion and little contact with the Council. We asked the Minister to get them to liaise with the Council and have a timetable to complete the…

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Council grants Planning Permission for bigger Lidl Store in Greystones

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Wicklow Co Co has granted permission for a 60% larger Lidl store at Blacklion with a reduced number of parking spaces. I had objected to this as it will increase the already bad traffic jams in the area and the Council has now made a condition that they must provide land for a left turn lane and an inset bus stop. This will help traffic flow but there are no funds to do the work at the junction. I don’t think this extra commercial activity should happen until the junction…

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Transport Plan a Major Problem for Wicklow

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Hugh Creegan, Deputy CEO of the National Transport Authority met Wicklow County Council on Monday and explained and defended their Strategy to 2035 which the Council has criticised. Apart from a commitment to improve the N11 and bring the LUAS to Central Bray the plan will cause major problems. The plan to provide more DART’s to Greystones is very vague and a shuttle from there to South Wicklow even vaguer. The NTA explained that they intend to study this in more detail in 12 months. Cllr Derek Mitchell said ‘I…

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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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Mitchell demands roads are improved before Lidl store is expanded

Posted by | Greystones, Local Business, Transport | No Comments

Cllr Derek Mitchell has objected to the planning application by Lidl to expand their store in Greystones. ‘the traffic in the Blacklion area is very congested, some people tell me it can take an hour to get from Hillside to Bray, and the long delayed plans to improve the roads must be completed before this store expands and adds extra traffic’. The Council has been planning the Blacklion to Delgany Road since 1989 but it is a long way from completion. Also planned for many years are improvements to the…

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Greystones Harbour Developer moving to complete it

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The harbour developer explained the phasing of his moves to complete it. A lot of work is going on to complete the 5 clubs for handover this year. ‘I am delighted that the clubs are getting these facilities, which are costing €3.5m, it is a tremendous boost to the town’s sports facilities. No other town has produced such great community facilities’. Most of the Public Square will be complete next June and the Public Park in 2019 with all work complete in 2020, the public aspects costing €15m including the…

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