exsite_ravi, Author at Councillor Derek Mitchell

Delgany Development Refused permission

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Wicklow County Council has refused permission for 99 houses and apartments on land zoned for 12 homes at Stylebawn in Delgany Valley. It was refused because of too many houses, too much destruction of trees and site alteration, the increased risk of flooding of the Three Trout Stream, poor apartment design and not adequate protection of Stylebawn House which is a Protected Structure. I objected to this for the above reasons and am glad it has been refused. I would like the developer to apply for a much lesser development…

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Greystones Council Budget way lower than other areas

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I have analysed the Councils 2022 Budget and found, once again, that Greystones is being used as a ‘Cash Cow’: Greystones receives 40% less expenditure than any other of the 5 areas. €190 spent per person as against €369 in the West and €288 on average. I will not be voting for the overall budget unless moves are made to correct this. Management have justified this in the past saying some years are up and some down. A 5 years analysis shows this is wrong, the underfunding is consistent. Also stated the…

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Objection to 586 units close to Temple Carrig School

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The scheme needs to be reduced in scale and number of units. The population of Greystones together with granted and commenced development is greater than planned in the EMRA population targets. This is a peripheral site to the town which is the furthest out part of the Greater Dublin Area Metropolitan Area. It should not be developed at such high density in contravention of the Development Plan. The number of units, especially apartments, should be reduced. Visual Impact. The apartments are located in the most visually intrusive part of the…

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Redford park junction redesign is wrong

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The Council told local Greystones Councillors about a planned redesign of Redford Park Junction. Their priority for the junction was to make it better for cyclists in particular and walkers. The priority should be for bus transport recognising it is the main access road for the town of 20,000 people which has the highest commuter load of any town in Wicklow.. The plan will create congestion for buses and traffic reducing the attractiveness of buses, especially express buses. From 7 to 8, the peak hour, there are 6*84X and 4…

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Mitchell welcomes Film Studio in Greystones

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It was announced in Los Angeles that the largest film & TV studio in Ireland is to start construction in Greystones. The first section, 7 stages & offices will be open mid 2024. Overall it will have 670,000 sq. ft. and employ over 1,000 people on the 44 acres. ‘I welcome this announcement as the town has the lowest number of local jobs of any place in Wicklow and this will help reduce the need for commuting. The site is central with good connections to DART, bus, road and cycle…

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Delgany to Blacklion Cycle Way & Road compulsory purchase gets Go Ahead

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Bord Pleanala has approved the plans & Compulsory Purchase Order for this project. This includes a foot & cycle path on each side of the road which is being straightened. This busy road joins 5 schools and is dangerous to cycle along with poor paths.  About 10 smallish plots of land, mostly ends of gardens, are needed hence the need for the CPO I have been pressing for this for years as it should encourage cycling & walking to school cutting down car traffic. I have now asked for a…

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Mitchell criticises NTA cancelling the 133 bus service to Airport, thus encouraging cars

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Prior to the pandemic the 133 bus served much of Wicklow and went to Dublin centre and on to the airport. The airport part of the service was cancelled during the lockdown but the NTA has now decided that it will permanently end in Busarus. Passengers, with cases, will have to transfer to the infrequent 101 there. The journey time is listed as 98 minutes, from Willow Grove, which is far too long and uncertain compared to driving at 45 minutes. The Aircoach from Greystones takes 83 minutes. These bus…

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Development Levies must be spent in Greystones to cope with development

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Council management are proposing a €1M fund for rural areas, especially West Wicklow, funded from Development Levies. These are paid by developers on each house and are meant to fund infrastructure to support those houses. Such as footpaths, roads, playgrounds & Social facilities. However there is little development in rural areas compared to the fast growing areas of Greystones, Newtown & Wicklow Town where there is much need of new infrastructure. The capital funding for West Wicklow is already 20 times more than Greystones and its revenue spend is over…

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N/M11 Cancellation hinders improving Public Transport

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The project to improve the N/M11 also included a number of new long distance bus routes increasing the public transport share along the whole route to Rosslare, for example, doubling the Public Transport share in Arklow to 19%. Cancelling it is a serious blow to all transport in Wicklow. The central, and most expensive, part is improving the ‘Bray Bypass’ to allow more ‘persons’ rather than ‘vehicles’ through. Public Transport South of Greystones has always been very poor, this was to let the buses through. The Interim Bus Priority Scheme,…

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