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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Greystones not Funded Properly

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Greystones does not get enough money. Yearly spending per resident is €251 in the West, €227 in Arklow, €194 in Bray but only €137 in rapidly growing Greystones. I am against further growth unless more money is found and roads planned for 30 years, for populations smaller than now, are built. An article by Catherine Murphy TD in the Irish Times highlighted that Wicklow, with a rapidly growing population, is not being funded adequately. This is in spite of the Local Property Tax introduction and is related to spending being…

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Irish Rail agrees to provide staff to help during any Greystones DART disruption

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Irish Rail agrees to provide staff to help during any Greystones DART disruption. I found that during DART disruptions in Greystones no reliable information was provided as the station was often unmanned. The electronic station sign conflicted with the ‘Trains Live’ App and there was no announcement. This meant that passengers did not know to take the bus which stopped across the road. I wrote to the Chief Executive and after some reminders he has apologised and agreed to a protocol that if there is disruption they will send staff…

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N11 Traffic Jams & National Infrastructure Plan. Lobby Now

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N11 Traffic Jams & National Infrastructure Plan. Lobby Now.  Decisions on this will be taken soon and getting the funding will involve intense competition from other areas of the country. If you are stuck in these traffic jams or just want better transport write to the T.Ds ask them to get this included. A summary of The Strategic Plan for the N11 is:  Phase 1: improve safety at Kilmacanoge with a separate lane as on Lucan Road.  Phase 2: 3rd lane from M50 to Fassaroe. Mostly this can be constructed on existing…

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Greystones boardwalk construction advancing well

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Greystones boardwalk construction advancing well Cllr Derek Mitchell welcomed the rapid construction of the Boardwalk in Greystones Harbour and the protection of the North Beach. The picture shows sections of the Boardwalk which have been lifted into place. On the North Beach 5,000 cu m of shingle was placed in August to compensate for erosion in previous years and rocks were placed to protect the very old town dump. This is being done by the developer as part of the Harbour contract.

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