Kevin Byrne

Bray People - - LOCAL ELECTIONS -

WE ARE WHERE WE ARE? TO START off with the Ghost es­tates the coun­cil should take them over and com­plete them, sell­ing houses at cost price or at least make it easy for com­pe­tent builders to take them over and fin­ish them for cost price. Af­ter all a per­son’s house is their cas­tle and should be priced fairly, so people can have some­where they can close the door on the world and not worry about Thieves with brief cases or bal­a­clavas . Also the Coun­cil should take over aban­doned commercial sites, com­plete them and rent them at rea­son­able rates for any­one look­ing for fac­tory space in con­junc­tion with the IDA. When ten­der­ing for con­tracts with the coun­cils a turnover of x mil­lions should not be re­quired to be con­sid­ered. Any per­sons on so­cial wel­fare dar­ing enough to be­come self­em­ployed should have no is­sue get­ting back onto wel­fare if they are un­suc­cess­ful.

Don’t ac­cuse me of speak­ing for the wrong County, but surly Dublin should be the build­ing cap­i­tal of Europe at the mo­ment. With a scarcity of hous­ing and the price of rent at €1300 a month the people of Wick­low would have no prob­lem com­mut­ing the N81 or N11 to build these houses for an ad­e­quate wage. Farm­ers 4-5 farm­ers could col­lab­o­rate to em­ploy a per­son be­tween them one day a week each with­out a pile of paper work, hence tak­ing more people off so­cial wel­fare. Forestery Coillte could surly do more for the com­mu­nity for want of a bet­ter word ex­ploit­ing work­ers for years. To help with tourism they could plant hard­wood trees and fruit trees along pub­lic roads to en­hance the ap­peal of our Gar­den County. They could also turn more forests into at­trac­tion sites by cre­at­ing path­ways and trails. To cre­ate em­ploy­ment they should take on more work­ers to tidy up the forests and get rid of fallen trees. Af­ter all the people did save them from the Chi­nese!

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