New garda sta­tion ‘un­likely’

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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.

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