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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Mitchell launches a Plan to improve Rail & Commuter Transport in Wicklow

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Cllr Derek Mitchell has written a detailed paper proposing a tripling of train capacity on the Wicklow line by providing; an extra diesel service at peak hours; increasing the number of carriages from 4 to 8 and providing an extra DART from Greystones. Also express buses on the N11 from Arklow with Park n’ Ride & cycle parking there, Wicklow Town, Newtown, Kilpeddar and Glenview. These should copy the successful 84x and use the M11 and bus lanes into Dublin. Some should also go, at peak hours, to Sandyford and…

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Mitchell pleased Irish Rail building a pedestrian path across bridge at Newcastle

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In 2009 Irish Rail was about to close the rail bridge to pedestrians between Kilcoole and Newcastle because people had to walk too close to trains for safety as can be seen in the photo. I protested, met their engineers at the bridge and suggested cantilevering a separated pedestrian bridge from the rail bridge. Subsequently they kept the bridge open to pedestrians with restrictions. I am delighted to see that they are now just completing cantilevering a pedestrian path as shown in the photographs. They have also placed a second…

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Cllr Mitchell welcomes Greystones Area Rates reduction

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Commercial Rates on business properties in Greystones, Kilcoole & Newcastle are being reduced by 2% for 2018, part of a 5 year plan to reduce them by 10%. This reduction was confirmed at Monday’s budget meeting of the County Council. Rates in the old ‘county area’ were higher than in the 3 ‘town’ areas and these are being equalised over 5 years. The Greystones area has by far the lowest number of people employed locally compared to the other areas and this move will help to make businesses in the…

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Mitchell wants Financial Guarantees la Touche Hotel will be properly Reconstructed

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Cllr Derek Mitchell has objected to the current planning application to reconstruct the most iconic and prominent building in Greystones. Engineers have stated that ‘parts are liable to collapse without warning’. Rebuilding in a matching style will produce a better and safer building. My concern is that once the developer has knocked it down he may refuse to reconstruct it. I have asked that a condition should be that the developer must deposit with the Council enough money to allow the Council to reconstruct it if the developer fails to…

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Greystones Station concern

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Greystones Municipal District Councillors are writing to Irish Rail to complain about the waiting area in the station being turned into a restaurant. Greystones is the 5th busiest suburban station in Ireland but DARTs are only 2 per hour and 1 per hour at weekends. This makes for heavy peak loads. Also the track from Bray is less reliable than the rest of the DART. This results in passengers having to wait longer times than other DART stations. The present waiting area needs to be kept and improved. ‘The Council has…

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