Cairn, lack of Social Facilities

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Over 1,000 houses are currently being built in Greystones, mostly by Cairn. I am concerned that the specified Social facilities are not being provided or are substandard. These include Community Centres, Enterprise Centres, sports pitches, parks. As Cathaoirleach of the Municipal District I asked the Chief Executive of Wicklow County Council for details a month ago but cant get a reply so have sent a second request for information (below). Its not good enough that no one will control what Cairn are doing. Dear Frank, I wrote to you 1…

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Mitchell pleased Greystones finally gets EV Charge Points

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An objective of my year as Cathaoirleach of Greystones Municipal District was to get some Electric Vehicle charging points in the area. It was unusual as there were none. Pleased that a pair has now been installed in Tesco and at the harbour. The Council has agreed to install some in Shoreline Leisure car park as well. More are needed but at least its a start.

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Mitchell urges urgent action to Reopen Cliff Walk

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The Cliff Walk from Bray to Greystones has been closed since late February due to the cliff collapsing, at the Greystones end, following heavy rains. This erosion has been going on for ever though increased rain intensity from Global Warming has made it worse. The Council engineer has proposed a short term solution of moving the walk back from the Cliff edge to by pass the worst area. This involves negotiating with landowners and should start immediately. I am urging this to happen as soon as possible as the walk…

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Mitchell asks Codling Windfarm for Interpretive Centre

Posted by | Community Facilities, Greystones | No Comments

The Codling Windfarm promoters met with Greystones Councillors and described the exciting project. The largest windfarm in Ireland it will save a lot of carbon by replacing thermal power plants. They plan for 140 large wind turbines on the Codling Bank, which is 13km off shore.  They hope to construct it in 2025/6 following getting consent and other permits. I welcome this project but it will be very visible from Greystones to Wicklow.  It is essential that this area is made feel connected and involved with the project via jobs,…

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Greystones Harbour, Town & Codling Windfarm.

Posted by | Greystones, Harbour | No Comments

Codling will be the largest windfarm in Ireland with twice the power of Moneypoint, the largest thermal station. It will be very visible from the coast from Greystones to Newcastle & Wicklow Town. It is essential that the area is made feel connected and involved with the project via jobs, information, tourism, boat movements & trade. Maintenance base. I have spoken, in September 2020, at some length to Sally Shenton, Manager Base Selection and shown Erlend Christiansen and Paul Concannon around Greystones Harbour and its facilities. It is the safest…

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Glenveagh sells 100 Marina Apartments to German fund

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The Irish Times reports that about 100 apartments have been sold to a German Fund. Cllr Fortune seems very concerned about this but it is the plan from 15 years ago that these were to be built and sold to pay for the social infrastructure which has been built. The apartments have been rented out for around 6 months. ‘€90m has been spent on excellent promenades, substantial north and south breakwaters, a 200 berth marina, 2 public slipways, club facilities for sea scouts, rowers, divers, sailors and anglers. The excellent…

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Controversy over 41 Social houses in Greystones

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I welcome the majority vote of Greystones Councillors by 3 to 2 to provide 41 Social Homes at the Council owned site. This was purchased probably a decade ago for housing and lots of money has been spent preparing detailed plans, studying flooding, how to reduce it and other issues. The Government has agreed to fund building and I hope they will be ready in 2 years. There are 394 people on the Greystones housing list, many for a long time and I believe that we have a duty to…

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Concern about adverse visual impact of proposed Dublin Array Windfarm

Posted by | Environment & Bray Head, Greystones | No Comments

Concern about adverse visual impact of proposed Dublin Array Windfarm. Shorten it by 10Km. This extends from Dun Laoghaire to Greystones and will have an adverse effect on Greystones, Bray Head & the Cliff Walk. The huge Dublin Array turbines, at 300m 50% higher than Poolbeg chimneys,  are to be close to shore, 9 Km from the coast. The photomontages of this are on their site https://dublinarray.com/   until 20th November and they are seeking feedback. I urge people to view this and give their views.  This is close to the…

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Greystones District, the goose plucked by the rest of Wicklow

Posted by | Community Facilities, Greystones | No Comments

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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