Minister directs Regional Authority to change Transport Plan. Welcome

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The Minister for Planning & Local Government has instructed the Eastern & Midland Regional Authority to amend its recently adopted Regional Plan to 2031 on transport matters. I welcome this direction as the changes to the Plan make it more likely that the DART as far South as Greystones will be improved and that the LUAS to Bray, Finglas, Lucan & Poolbeg will be properly planned & designed. I wrote to the Minister some months ago seeking this change. I voted against the changes which were proposed to the Transport Strategy but…

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Mitchell delighted new Charlesland Secondary school to open 1 year earlier.

Posted by | Community Facilities, Delgany, Education, Kilcoole | No Comments

Delighted Minister for Education has brought forward the new Charlesland Secondary school opening to 2020. I have been lobbying on behalf of the many worried parents who were told they were 80th on the waiting lists for the 2 Greystones Schools.  I zoned a 5ha. site for this 15 years ago next to the sports facilities and I have been urging the Department to buy this for years. Currently it has temporary planning permission for use as a builders yard. I expect it will open in temporary facilities. This will…

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Mitchell concerned at lack of land for manufacturing jobs

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I was asked by a manufacturing company, seeking 3 acres, to expand about where there are suitable sites in the area. Many employees live locally and they want to remain in the area. They approached the IDA about their 64 acre site in Greystones but were rebuffed. I feel it is wrong that manufacturing sites are not available as Greystones has a very low number of people working locally which forces so many to commute. I asked the Council to intervene with the IDA. However the IDA has said they…

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Mitchell concerned about lack of Windfarm information

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

Snippets of information appear in the news about windfarms off the Wicklow Coast. I asked the Council to find out the details of various plans and approvals, partly to see if the area could obtain a benefit from this. At the July meeting officials said the Council was not responsible for any offshore permitting and it was quite difficult to find out the status of these. So far as I know in 2005 the Codling Bank scheme obtained a foreshore licence for 220 turbines 15km from the nearest point, Greystones…

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Commercial Fishermen & Greystones Harbour. Meeting Notes. 18/7/19

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Options. North Pier. Access problems for commercial vehicles and 600 residents, and safety on pier. 12 residents have written complaining of danger and intimidation and want to be represented. South pier. Enough space? Reconfigure boatyard? Need for subsidy to replace income, truck access through children launching? Alter pier? Might work. Placing a pier/pontoon out from the narrow slipway in the public harbour. On Thursday 18th July Councillors met fishermen and the marina operators, Sisk, Glenveagh, Council staff and Bord Iasce Mara. 2 representatives of Marina Village were waiting outside the…

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Commercial Fishermen & Greystones Harbour: Issues 29/6/19

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On Monday the Councillors met the 3 fishermen. And on Thursday met them and the marina operators, Sisk, Council staff and Bord Iasce Mara. Options. North Pier. Access problems for commercial vehicles and 600 residents, and safety on pier. 7 residents have written complaining of danger and intimidation and want to be represented. South pier. Enough space? Reconfigure boatyard? Need for subsidy to replace income, truck access through children launching? Alter pier? Might work. Placing a pier/pontoon out from the narrow slipway in the public harbour. Now to be investigated…

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Commercial Fishermen & Greystones Harbour: Issues

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Considerable commercial vehicle traffic including oil tankers on a 24 hour basis in a dense residential area with narrow footpaths designed as a residential cul de sac. Fishing HGVs are driving dangerously (including turning) where many, including children, are hauling dingies & canoes across a path & launching. 2 children were almost run down in June. The North pier is too narrow, 7m, to allow separation of pedestrians and commercial vehicles. Any items left on the pier will be a serious trip hazard given the big distance to fall. The…

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Mitchell against any further rezoning in Greystones

Posted by | Greystones, Kilcoole, Transport M50/N11 | No Comments

I will be voting against any further rezoning in Greystones or Kilcoole in the next Development Plan. They are building everywhere but the road and transport improvements have not happened. In 2015 I proposed, at a Council meeting on the Development Plan, that this expansion should be dependent on the N11 and Public Transport being improved. This was heavily defeated and only Cllr. Grainne McLoughlin (FG) of the 6 Local Councillors supported this. The transport chaos that is happening is a direct result. Most Councillors don’t seem to understand the…

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Jacobs Engineering says Cllr Mitchells plan for extra Greystones DARTs is feasible

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I wrote a paper in 2018 on how to increase the frequency on the single track from 30 to every 20 minutes. This was based on partially double tracking the line, without the need for an expensive tunnel through Bray Head. This was ignored by Irish Rail but the NTA asked Jacobs Engineering to study how to do this. I received their report in May and they consider the idea is feasible, as is a 20 minute service and a quicker journey time. This is subject to some further analysis…

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