De­tailed re­port on Del­gany to Black­lion road

Bray People - - COUNCIL REPORT -

A DE­TAILED re­port on the Del­gany-Black­lion Road in Grey­stones is to be brought to the next Wick­low County Coun­cil meet­ing.

The de­ci­sion was reached at last Mon­day’s coun­cil meet­ing at which Cllr Derek Mitchell pro­posed that that the de­sign of the road (in­clud­ing its junc­tion with the R761) be in­cluded in the Cap­i­tal Ex­pen­di­ture Pro­gramme, with build­ing to take place over the com­ing years.

The road cur­rently leads to and from the largest collection of schools in the county - in­clud­ing Del­gany Na­tional School, Tem­ple­car­rig Na­tional School, St. Lawrence’s School, Gaelscoil na gCloch Liath and Greystoens Ed­u­cate To­gether - and Cllr Mitchell voiced con­cerns that the road was not only in a bad state of re­pair but un­able to ac­com­mo­date the vol­ume of traf­fic en­tailed by this as­sem­blage of ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions.

‘ This is the largest ed­u­ca­tion com­plex in Wick­low,’ he said. ‘ There will be com­plete traf­fic chaos at these schools as they are cur­rently fill­ing the years in se­quence and are cur­rently about one third full.

‘Good cy­cle paths on this new road will help hil- dren to cyle and walk, cut­ting down car use,’ he went on. ‘Some of this road is un­safe for walk­ing or cy­cling and some does not ex­ist yet.’

Part of the road will be con­structed as part of the cur­rent plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion, but around one third of it goes through the land of ap­prox­i­mately 25 pri- vate property own­ers, and so the ex­act land re­quired needs to be as­cer­tained be­fore plan­ning per­mis­sion can be ap­plied for.

Cllr Mitchell pro­posed that the coun­cil bor­row the fund­ing needed to get the road de­signed and built. He pointed out that the coun­cil had in the past bor­rowed in or­der to com­plete the Wick­low Port Ac­cess Road.

Cllr Tom For­tune in­sisted that this was needed to avert a ‘cri­sis sit­u­a­tion’ while Cllr Pat Vance con­curred that if so many schools were con­structed the right in­fra­struc­ture should be in place.

‘We have a re­ally se­ri­ous prob­lem with traf­fic,’ said Cllr Ge­orge Jones. ‘ The road can’t cope.’

Cllr John Snell rowed in with his sup­port but claimed that he would like to see a map of the area un­der dis­cus­sion and was con­cerned that in­vest­ing in the road could ‘ have a knock-on ef­fect on other vi­tal projects in the pipe­line.’ Cllr Pat Casey con­curred that a vote could not be taken un­til the con­se­quences for projects else­where in the county were known.

It was agreed that the Di­rec­tor of Roads would pre­pare a de­tailed re­port for the next coun­cil meet­ing.

The in­com­plete Del­gany to Black­lion road

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