Metro should go to Bray, reserve route now

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Submission to Metrolink Consultation. Reserve Route to Bray. The Metro is a good idea, however the study is too short term and does not deal with possible future expansion to Cherrywood and Bray. The connection is envisaged as a LUAS, however this is likely to prove to not have enough capacity. A route should be reserved to bring Metro to Bray before Cherrywood is built. The existing route from Bride’s Glen to use the existing old rail bridge involves 2 very sharp bends which LUAS can take but a Metro…

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Work on La Touche Hotel finally starts

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The developer has finally started work turning it into 22 new houses and 5 tall terraced houses in the old shell. The site has been derelict and an eyesore for 15 years so it is good to see progress. ‘It will be disruptive for those living and working next to it but it does need doing’. The new houses will be timber frame and be made mostly off site and craned into place. This is quicker and less disruptive than traditional construction. Overall it is expected to take 18 months…

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Irish Rail refuses extra Wicklow/Wexford train

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Irish Rails Acting Chief Executive, Jim Meade, has written to Wicklow County Council refusing to run an extra rush hour train. Councillor Derek Mitchell said ‘The N11 is jammed and the rail line virtually empty because of the poor service. For example Carlow, has 4 times as many people using the train as Wicklow even though it is well outside the Dublin area and also on a single line track’. At Cllr Mitchell’s suggestion the Council was asked: to lobby transport authorities to ensure that 8 of the carriages resulting…

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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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Mitchell pleased Education Department to Review Primary Enrolments

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Parents are concerned that a number of primary pupils don’t have places for this September. I asked the Department to look at this as I am concerned about both the long and short term school capacity. I received a hopeful reply: The building project for Greystones Community National School is currently at advanced architectural planning. Tender documents have been issued and the site acquisition is expected to be finalised shortly. It is anticipated that the project will commence construction in Quarter 3 2018. The Department is aware that Kildare Wicklow…

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La Touché Hotel Developers staff meet Greystones Councillors

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‘I have been concerned about the state of the Historic Building and asked the developer to meet with all the Councillors. It was difficult to get a suitable date for all and his Architect and Planner met the Councillors on Tuesday 6th March before the rescheduled District Meeting’. The developer is keen to start work as soon as possible. They have just submitted the, long awaited, Conservation Plan to the Council together with a Construction Management and Landscaping Plan. They are building 26 houses, 5 of which are in the old…

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National Development Plan

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Pleased N11 improvements from M50 to Kilmacanoge included in National Development Plan for early design in 2018 and prioritized for construction. This is vital for Wicklow. Also improved Park n’ Ride in Greystones is included. Extra rail carriages are also included and I will be lobbying for some of these to be used for Wicklow commuters following on from the paper which I wrote on providing a better rail and commuter service.

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Mitchell asks La Touche hotel owners to meet Councillors

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The La Touche Hotel, the most prominent building in Greystones, is a terrible mess and getting worse recently. There have been so many plans for it over the years but it just keeps getting worse. It is dangerous as it is easy for people to get inside yet dangerous, because of fire damage. I have written the attached letter to the developers to ask him to meet the local Councillors as we are all keen to know what is happening and to insist on progress. There is planning permission for…

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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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Mitchell pleased N11 works at Kilmacanoge receive design funding

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Mitchell pleased N11 works at Kilmacanoge receive Transport Ireland has allocated €100k for the fees to design and bring the Kilmacanoge Parallel Service Road to tender stage by midyear. This safety improvement will separate the traffic before the Southbound junction, similar to the N4 at Lucan. This should be complete next year or possibly this year if it goes well. This is Phase 1 of the of the 4 Phase plan to improve the M/N11 road from the M50 to Coynes Cross. At the same time tender documents for the…

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