Up­hill battle re­mains in bid to have trou­ble spot closed


Bray People - - NEWS - ES­THER HAY­DEN

WICK­LOW COUNTY COUN­CIL has no money to se­cure a laneway in Grey­stones if an ex­tin­guish­ment of a right-ofway is given the green light.

Af­ter a fire early in the New Year in a laneway at Beech­brook/Up­per Grat­tan Park, mem­bers looked to have the laneway closed.

How­ever, at a re­cent meet­ing of the Town Coun­cil, Town Clerk Myra Porter said she had re­ceived a letter from Noeleen Roche of the Plan­ning Depart­ment in Wick­low County Coun­cil, who said she was ‘un­able to es­tab­lish any re­ports of anti-so­cial be­hav­iour in the area of this laneway ei­ther to Wick­low County Coun­cil or Grey­stones Town Coun­cil prior to this re­port re­lat­ing to the fire'.

She went onto to say that the com­mu­nity gar­dai had spo­ken to res­i­dents of Riverdell and Up­per Grat­tan Park a num­ber of times in the past year and ‘ they had voiced con­cerns about youths loi­ter­ing in the laneway.

‘ The gar­dai stated that the area is be­ing used by loi­ter­ing youths who are con­sum­ing al­co­hol, com­mit­ting crim­i­nal dam­age, de­stroy­ing the walls with graf­fiti and lit­ter­ing.'

Ms. Roche said there is a 10KV ESB trans­former in the laneway as well as a 100mm wa­ter main which will re­quire ac­cess by both the coun­cil and the ESB. She said she didn't see how the right-of-way could be ex­tin­guished on that ba­sis.

She sug­gested that the coun­cil mon­i­tor lev­els of an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour in the laneway and that the coun­cil con­sider an ap­proach from a fam­ily about con­struct­ing a more se­cure fence along their prop­erty.

How­ever she said if the coun­cil wanted to pro­ceed with the ex­tin­guish­ment of the right-of-way, it had to be ad­ver­tised in both pa­pers to fa­cil­i­tate pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion on the mat­ter.

‘How­ever pro­pos­als to ex­tin­guish an ex­ist­ing right-of-way can be di­vi­sive within lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and is­sues and ob­jec­tions of­ten arise af­ter the ex­tin­guish­ment has been con­firmed which have pre­vented the clo­sure of other laneways in re­cent times.

‘If there are no ob­jec­tions to the pro­posed ex­tin­guish­ment there would be a cost in­volved in build­ing a wall high enough to de­ter peo­ple climb­ing over/dump­ing at both en­trances to the laneways.'

She said if the ESB didn't ob­ject ac­cess would have to be pro­vided through the use of gates. ‘ The in­stal­la­tion of gates and walls will not serve to de­ter anti-so­cial be­hav­iour and dump­ing as the ar­eas would be en­closed and hid­den from pub­lic view.

‘Michael Ni­chol­son, Di­rec­tor of Ser­vices, has ad­vised that the coun­cil does not have the funds to con­struct walls and gates. The only other op­tion would be to of­fer the laneway for sale to prop­erty own­ers in the im­me­di­ate vicin­ity of the laneway sub­ject to ac­cess be­ing re­tained for ser­vice providers. The pur­chaser would be re­spon­si­ble for the pro­vi­sion of walls and gates.'

The laneway be­tween Beech­brook Court and Grat­tan Park in Grey­stones, and the trees which were set on fire.

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