Most coun­cil­lors ‘hos­tile to­wards har­bour cam­paign’

CUT­TING STATE­MENT FROM AC­TION GROUP

Bray People - - ABOUT GREYSTONES - MARY FOG­A­RTY

A SPOKESMAN for the Grey­stones ‘Give us Back Our Har­bour’ group has claimed that most in­cum­bent coun­cil­lors have been ‘ largely un­sup­port­ive and hos­tile’.

Fi­achra Etch­ing­ham made the com­ment last week in re­la­tion to a com­mu­nity plan put for­ward for the har­bour area last year.

Deputy Stephen Don­nelly and Cllr. Tom For­tune ran a cam­paign last year to de­velop a plan to land­scape the har­bour area. The plan was pre­sented to Grey­stones Town Coun­cil and de­vel­op­ers Sisk.

While they costed their plans at €300,000, this was roundly dis­missed by the de­vel­op­ers and other coun­cil­lors.

While the de­vel­op­ment of the area col­lapsed with the econ­omy, Sisk has in­di­cated that it will build the res­i­den­tial part of the scheme now that the hous­ing mar­ket is re­cov­er­ing.

‘Cllr. Tom For­tune has worked to re­solve this prob­lem,’ said Fi­achra Etch­ing­ham, ‘ but the other county coun­cil­lors were largely un­sup­port­ive and hos­tile.’

He added that the can­di­dates run­ning in the forth­com­ing lo­cal elec­tion have lis­tened to the con­cerns of the com­mu­nity.

‘ The can­di­dates found the meet­ings use­ful, as we were able to ex­plain the real rea­son for the de­lay, which is the fail­ure of Wick­low County Coun­cil to prop­erly ad­min­is­ter the har­bour con­tract in the in­ter­est of the pub­lic, and to sug­gest ac­tions they could take if elected to en­sure that the com­mu­nity plan for the har­bour will be im­ple­mented speed­ily.’

Cllr. Grainne McLough­lin wrote to Sisk Chair­man Ge­orge Sisk last month, ap­peal­ing for the mat­ter of Grey­stones Har­bour to be moved for­ward.

‘I find it ap­palling that we are not be­ing kept in the loop about what is hap­pen­ing,’ she said. ‘Nei­ther I nor my col­leagues have con­crete fu­ture pro­pos­als or an­swers.’

Grey­stones Har­bour.

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