Press Release Archives - Councillor Derek Mitchell

Greystones Wind Farms are excessive, a 10 Km gap is needed

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A letter to the Codling Wind Farm Summary The 2 wind farms meeting off Greystones, Codling & Dublin Array, will have a serious adverse visual impact on Greystones and on Bray Head an SAC & SAAO. The plan is for 33km of turbines, close to the coast, 25% taller than Bray Head, the tallest object on the East Coast of Ireland. This is an unacceptable visual imposition, the worst in Ireland and of 29 examined in the UK only 2 are worse and they were both very early ones. The…

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Mitchell pleasedsome Greystones faciliies approved in Capital Plans

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€16m from Development Levies has been approved for the long awaited Delgany to Blacklion Road. This will provide a proper footpath and road. Uniquely it joins 5 schools with a cyclepath though I am surprised that no Government funding is available. The road and path is in a terrible state and many houses have been constructed along it. This is to be spent over the years to 2026 having been put on the plan in 1989!. Far too long but at least it is happening. €50,000 has been allocated to…

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Running Rosslare trains as a shuttle to Greystones unlikely to work.

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Irish Rail are considering Rosslare line trains being operated as shuttle where passengers have to change trains to a DART at Greystones, representing a worse service as the change will add at least 7 minutes to the journey time and be disruptive. A shuttle train was used previously from Bray to Greystones and it failed to attract users. Meanwhile the Minister for Transport, Eamon Ryan, is cancelling the N11 upgrade and urging greater use of public transport along the same route! ‘6 years ago I produced a plan for a…

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Mitchell concerned that Planning Bill ignores Population Targets

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Cllrs Derek Mitchell & Lourda Scott are concerned about the recently introduced S605 of the Planning & Development Bill going through the Oireachtas now. At the Greystones Municipal District meeting they asked for the Section to be cancelled. This section would allow developments to get Planning Permission even if the population targets for the town are exceeded. The Council is to write to the Minister and ask for cancellation. Town infrastructure, such as water, schools, transport is planned for the target population. So a major increase in population needs more…

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Greystones DART cancellations. Irish Rail to investigate Shuttle & Bus alternatives

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Irish Rail met with Greystones Councillors about the disruption from many weekend closures for engineering works. Rail staff emphasised the need for the works. Following discussion councillors agreed with this but asked for replacement transport. The journey time from Greystones to Dun Laoghaire increases from 30 minutes by rail to 70 by normal bus. Whereas a special bus to replace the Rosslare train took 45 minutes. I asked for a replacement bus for a couple of stations. Also for a shuttle DART to Bray if that section of the track…

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Mitchell concerned about Greystones Bus Connect changes

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Bus Connects have published changes to the bus routes agreed 5 years ago with the intention of implementing them this Summer. A key part of the changes was to provide a circular route replacing the 84 & 184, connecting Greystones, Kilcoole, Newcastle & Newtown. However the circular route has been eliminated and there is no connection between from Newtown to Kilccole or Newcastle. These large villages need to have a bus service between them. It is said this is being cut out because the road is not wide enough for…

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Mitchell suggests empty Commercial building should be used for school classes

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Mitchell suggests empty Commercial building should be used for school classes. There is a shortage of Secondary School places in Greystones for September 2024 and many parents are worried. At a recent meeting Cllr Mitchell said there were 2 empty new buildings next to Shoreline. These could be used for classes until the Community College is built. One is owned by Cairn and the other by the County Council which has bought it for use as an Enterprise Centre.’ I am urging the Department of Education to rent some space…

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Greystones Station finally has accurate Timetables

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The picture shows Cllr Derek Mitchell and Fine Gael candidate Louise Fenelon Gaskin checking the timetable. ‘Finally the correct timetable is shown 10 weeks after it came into force. I had to write 3 EMails to get management to put up the correct ones. At one stage there were 4 different timetables showing different times. This is a basic error for a railway to make. No wonder people complain of unreliability. We also need a longer term plan to improve the rail service South of Bray,’ said Cllr Derek Mitchell.

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Mitchell says Greystones DART needs an Upgrade and better management

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Greystones DART passengers have 3 different rail timetables available to them: The Journey Planner which is now correct, an older one on the Internet and a different older one in front of the station. 5 weeks ago I told them that there were 4 different ones available and one has since been removed. Showing passengers a single correct timetable is a basic part of rail operations especially where the station is unmanned most of the time. I have also had complaints about unreliability. This is bad management. There have been many works…

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Greystones Development Plan must provide more Schools & Facilities

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Cllr. Derek Mitchell has made a submission to the pre-Draft Greystones Development Plan showing that the population at Census time 2years ago, was over the target population for 2028!. Since then many houses have been occupied and more granted permission and I expect that the population will be 26,000, which is 20% greater than Target, in 2028. I want to see the town facilities planned for the higher number not the Target including: ·       Another Primary and Secondary School should be zoned over and above Greystones Community College which has…

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