Sense of urgency about new station
THRE IS a 'sense of urgency' about the provision of a new coastguard station in Greystones.
At last week's meeting of Greystones Town Council town clerk Myra Porter said she had received a letter from Pat Carey, Minister of Transport.
He said that 'although the provision of a coast guard station was included in the planning application for the scheme it was not included in the overall tender/procurement process carried out by Wicklow County Council.
'As a result the Commissioners of Public Works would have to enter into a separate contract with Sispar Limited for the construction of a coast guard sta- tion. However the Chief State Solicitors Office (CSSO) has serious issues with this procurement process as it would effectively constitute a single tender by the OPW.'
Mr. Carey said he understood the OPW, the CSSO and Sispar had had a meeting with Wicklow County Council on the matter in which ' the CSSO reiterated the fact that the only way procurement could be satisfied would be if the OPW contract was with Wicklow County Council, who have undertaken a proper procurement process, rather than Sispar.
I am informed that Wicklow County Council reluctantly agreed to look at the possibility of the Coast Guard Station being included as an add on to its contract with the developer.
' This would enable a contract to be drawn up between the Commissioners of Public Works and Wicklow County Council.
The Commissioners of Public Works are awaiting a decision on the matter from Wicklow County Council.' Cllr. Derek Mitchell said the matter needed to be address while Cllr. Kathleen Kelleher said ' how can this happen? At each stage of the process the coast guard station was included.' Cllr. Ciaran Hayden said the council needed to get a response from the director of services. ' We still have a little bit of lee way but there is a sense of urgency', concluded Cllr. Kelleher.