exsite_ravi, Author at Councillor Derek Mitchell

Council passes Budget. 2 extra staff for Greystones.

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On Monday 28th November the Council passed the budget unanimously without increasing the Commercial Rates as was originally recommended. A number of adjustments were made to some figures in light of better estimates. The Budget also includes 2 extra staff for Greystones as a result of a review of driver numbers. I analysed the figures and complained for years that there weren’t enough staff to cope with the rapid growth in Greystones and last year voted against the budget. The street cleaning machine has remained in the depot as there wasn’t…

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142 Cost Rental Homes in Delgany

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142 Cost Rental homes in Archer’s Wood, Delgany built by Cairn are now being offered by the Land Development Agency for. €1455 pm for 2 beds in Phaze 1. ‘This sounds good value compared to the open market. I’m glad that this initiative will help the ‘squeezed middle’ who have not been able to afford a home.’ said Cllr Derek Mitchell (FG) 48 are open for application now and 94 one beds will be open in early 2023. Net household income should be under €53,000 & not receiving social housing…

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N11/M11 Bus Priority Scheme plan displayed from Monday 28th November

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An interim Bus Priority Scheme has been designed and will be on display from midday Monday on the website https://n11m11.ie . Also for 2 days in person at the Glenview Hotel from 12 to 8pm when it can be discussed with experts. Submissions by 22nd December. They hope to do detail design in Q1 2023 and apply for planning permission in Q1 2024. The plan is to put bus lanes in both directions from Loughlinstown to Fassaroe and in the North direction from Kilmac to Glenview. The section in between,…

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Work on Greystones DART increase needs to start now

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I am concerned that consultation on the work to increase Greystones DARTs by 50% was supposed to start in 2022 but nothing is happening. I have asked the Council to get the National Transport Authority to start now. In 2018 I produced a plan to partially double track the line to Bray and a subsequent Jacobs report confirmed its feasibility. But nothing is happening!

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Risk of power cuts due to Green Party policy

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Eamon Ryan, Green Party, Minister for Energy has done nothing to avert threatened power cuts in the next 2 years. Other countries have done lots including getting long term gas contracts. Holland has got a floating regasification plant connected within 7 months, Germany will have 2 by Christmas. In contrast Ireland has spent a year preparing a paper which does not consider many likely problems such as: ·       Pipelines blown up and out of action for a year, only 30 days considered. To repair the pipes blown up in the…

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Wicklow leaves Local Property Tax the same as last year

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Councillors voted 23 to 9 to leave the LPT the same as last year. This is to include funds of €208,000 for footpath repairs and Public Realm improvements for each Municipal District. This is a fair way, based on population, of splitting funding unlike the main budget where Greystones receives a very small share. This is funded by the 6%, over base rate of the LPT, the same as last year. The average LPT is expected to decrease €5 to €360 next year. I am also asking that some funding…

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Greystones park needs improvement

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Dr Ryan Park, between Delgany & Greystones needs a big makeover to make it more attractive. There is broken glass around the woods. It needs to be made more visible with lights, gorse & scrub cut back, large trees maintained, bins. The site should be very attractive with views of the Great & Little Sugar Loaf, Bray Head, the town & sea. I put down a motion to improve it at Greystones District but was told due to outdoor & engineering staff shortages nothing can be done at present. This…

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Park N’ Ride sites on N11 very welcome

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The NTA informed Wicklow Council that it is proposing to build 3 large Park N’ Ride sites on the N11 so motorists can park and get commuter buses. They  are hoping to apply for some planning permissions within 6 months. The bus routes will be worked out later as the sites will take some time to build. The main destinations expected are UCD, Sandyford Industrial Estate and Dun Laoghaire.  This will be great for commuters as they can use buses instead of driving cars. If a reasonably competitive journey time…

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Greystones Street Cleaning machine unused for some years as no staff to use it!!.

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The lack of staff to cope with the rapid growth was discussed at Tuesdays District Meeting. ‘This has resulted in a Street Cleaning machine remaining in the depot, unused for several years, because there are no staff to drive it even though management say we now have more drivers. That is ludicrous. Staff are less than half every other area all of which have a similar population. Lots of maintenance work is not being done and there is a lack of engineering staff to cope with facilities needed to cope…

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