New garda station ‘unlikely’
GREYSTONES is unlikely to get a new garda station after the recent decision by An Bord Pleanála to prevent the development of a massive new shopping centre in Charlesland. However they did give permission to certain elements of the planning application including the building of a new garda station.
Cllr. Kathleen Kelleher wondered if the garda station would be built. She said the current station is ‘ totally inadequate for a modern police force’.
Superintendant Lernihan said that while he would love a new garda station there were a lot of stations around the country ‘a lot lot worse than Greystones. I know it’s not acceptable and it would be good to get a new one but I think it is currently number 50 or 51 on the national list.’
Cllr. Derek Mitchell said that currently the Department of Justice had the option of buying the land in Charlesland for a fixed price and if they didn’t buy it within the time frame then Wicklow County Council could purchase it at market value within three months of that deadline.
Cllr. George Jones said that he never thought it was a good idea to move the garda station to Charlesland. ‘A town centre building near this (the town council) building would be much more appropriate,’ he said.
Greystones Garda Station.