At a recent Community Liaison meeting it was announced that the marine works for Greystones Harbour, including 2 Public slipways, would be completed by October 2010. These have been delayed by the swell generated by the easterly wind over the Winter. Limited access will be provided to local clubs to the completed slip over the Summer.
After then the first 4 storey commercial/apartment block may be built if discussions with a user are finalised. Completion of this could be in September 2011 and this would allow most hoardings to come down and many public areas to open possibly with temporary surfaces.
The next phase, construction of public facilities including the public square and clubhouses for the Sea Scouts, Divers, Anglers, Sailors and Rowers will be delayed and will depend on market conditions for property. The project is being funded by constructing some commercial units and 341 homes.
Councillor Derek Mitchell said that the town has been trying to get the harbour sorted out for over 100 years and it is good news that the marine works are nearly finished. It is a tribute to the developers commitment and the Council’s organisation of the project that the sea walls are nearly finished in spite of the financial turbulence that has seen all banks having to be supported by the Government. ‘I am disappointed that the Community facilities are to be delayed further and I want to ensure that the Community facilities are completed well before the contracted completion date of October 2014’ .