Sense of ur­gency about new sta­tion

Bray People - - COUNCIL REPORT -

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.

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