New venture partners for the Harbour works
A PROGRESS report on Greystones Harbour was delivered at the meeting by district clerk Myra Porter.
Sean Quinn of Wicklow County Council wrote that arrangements are being finalised between Sisk and new venture partners.
He wrote that moorings for local fishermen are being assessed.
However provision for that will mean fewer for other harbour users.
A more detailed report will be provided on that shortly.
He also wrote that he did not agree to meet with fishermen.
Cathaoirleach Tom Fortune and other members interjected.
They said that he had agreed to a meeting with the fishermen, Sisk, and members of Greystones Municipal District.
Cllr Fortune said that it was decided during a special meeting to discuss the harbour.
‘People were getting hot under the collar,’ he said.
He said that it was decided to arrange another meeting rather than get bogged down.
‘ The only people who haven’t had any involvement in this are the fishermen.’
Cllr Grainne McLoughlin welcomed that the final hoardings have come down at the sailing club.
She added that grass land has opened up to the public.
However she believes that the place for the moorings for a fishing trawler is the exterior of the north pier.
‘ The more I think about it, the more I think I’m right,’ she said.
‘ The idea of putting a trawler in the middle of the harbour, we know in our hearts it’s not going to work. We have to be big about this.’
She noted that there is a contract to put cleats there as part of an agreement between BJ Marina and Sisk.
‘It’s obviously the only place for trawlers,’ she said. ‘We have to make sense of this.’
The report also announced that the clubhouse works will begin in February 2015.
Cllr Gerry Walsh welcomed this, however Cllr Nicola Lawless said that they previously said that work would begin in January. ‘We’re having meeting after meeting with no solution,’ said Jennifer on the issue of the fishermen. ‘We need to be firm and get answers, it’s getting beyond stupidity.’
Cllr Jennifer Whitmore said that Sisk have still not provided a soft copy of a presentation they gave some time ago.
Greystones Harbour development.