Concern about adverse visual impact of proposed Dublin Array Windfarm

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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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Concern about adverse visual impact of proposed Dublin Array Windfarm

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

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 are to be close to shore, 9 Km from the coast and will produce about 600MW. 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 proposed Codling Windfarm which is less prominent, as it is further offshore, even though it generates…

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Good Wishes to Record Setting female sailors

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Greystones sailor Pamela Lee and her co-skipper Cat Hunt are attempting to set the first record for an all female, double handed circumnavigation of Ireland. They are hoping to inspire girls in Ireland and the UK to take up offshore sailing on equal terms. Probably setting off from the Kish on Tuesday evening, depending on the weather, it is expected to take about 5 days ‘This is a tough challenge, working 2 hours on and 2 off all that time, I wish them well’ said Cllr. Derek Mitchell, Cathaoirleach Greystones…

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Greystones Public Realm Plan Wins Big Award

Posted by | Achievements, Greystones, Local Work | No Comments

‘I’m delighted that Greystones Public Realm Plan won the Highly Commended Award at today’s Irish Landscape Institute awards ceremony.  We were beaten by  Ait Urbanism ‘North East Inner City Greening Strategy ‘(Dublin) .   The Galway Public Realm Plan came in third. I’d like to thank the Greystones 2020 Group for all the work and public consultation which went into it, working with Paul Hogarth & Co. This will serve as a plan which the Council will strive to implement in future years as funds become available’ said Cllr. Derek Mitchell…

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Progress on Delgany to Blacklion Road

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Significant Government funding, €280,000, has been allocated to producing a safer road at Delgany Wood Avenue and Blacklion Manor as there have been many complaints about speeding downhill. This will reduce the width to 6m from 8m in places which will slow drivers and raise the cycle tracks off the road. At the Delgany end there will be a signalised pedestrian crossing and better junctions as people have complained about them for a long time. This is to be completed by year end. A builder is completing the central section…

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Mitchell against Plan to end direct trains from Wicklow

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The plans for DART+ to Maynooth involve stopping the peak hour diesel trains from Arklow, Rathdrum, Wicklow & Kilcoole in Greystones and making the passengers transfer to the 2 DARTs per hour there. This is being done to allow 13 DARTs from Maynooth onto the North South line in the peak. ‘I am totally opposed to this as it will mean more people will use their cars, clog up the N11and be bad for Climate Change ‘said Cllr Derek Mitchell who is Chair of the Wicklow Transport Committee. Now there…

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Council asks for Changes to the Film Studio Site in Greystones.

Posted by | Achievements, Delgany, Greystones, Press Release | No Comments

The Media Campus has applied for permission to build a large, 73,000 sq.m, film studio on land is Greystones. The planners have asked for ‘further information’ effectively a request to redesign some non fundamental aspects: Delgany Greenway. They have to redesign to allow this along the Three Trout Stream as the original plans did not. I asked for this condition and am pleased it has been put in. More detailed aspects of 2 of the large buildings impact on nearby homes and possible amendments. Additional planting to enhance and protect…

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Dublin should not slow down Wicklow Buses

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Cllr Derek Mitchell has asked Dublin City Council not to halve the speed of Wicklow Buses in the City Centre as is proposed. The journey time of buses to the city centre is already too long and proposals to slow them to 30 kph on the main roads would be worse. Cllr Mitchell, who is Chair of the Wicklow Transport Committee, has written to Dublin Council asking that the route of the 84X, 133, Wexford bus and Aircoach to the airport & City Centre should not be reduced to 30…

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