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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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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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Transport Minister Ross meets Wicklow Delegation

Posted by | Transport M50/N11 | No Comments

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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