Meet­ing about Rocks Val­ley

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A PUB­LIC meet­ing will take place on Wed­nes­day, May 4, to dis­cuss plans to in­stall an ‘eco park’ at Rocks Val­ley, near Kil­coole.

The meet­ing will take place at the Grey­stones Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­trict of­fice, be­side the South Beach car park. Wick­low County Coun­cil of­fi­cials Des O’Brien, Marc Dev­ereux and Amy O’Far­rell spoke to mem­bers about the mat­ter at the monthly Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­trict meet­ing last Tues­day night.

‘One of the ques­tions was about the al­ter­na­tives we con­sid­ered,’ said Mr Dev­ereux. ‘ This isn’t the only game in town,’ he said. ‘It’s the cur­rent pro­posal.’

He said that the of­fi­cials have been in dis­cus­sions with lo­cal peo­ple with re­gard to the plans which in­volve us­ing ma­te­rial from the River Dar­gle to in­fill the land there.

He said that 15 sites had been con­sid­ered but this was the pre­ferred one. ‘We think it’s a good use of the space,’ said Mr Dev­ereux. He said that the coun­cil owned land could be re­claimed, us­ing ma­te­ri­als from the Dar­gle. ‘We haven’t fi­nalised what the fi­nal use will be and that’s the rea­son why there is con­tin­ued en­gage­ment.’

Cllr Gerry Walsh asked how the meet­ings were go­ing. The mem­bers heard that they have been very well man­aged, cour­te­ous and in­volv­ing counter pro­pos­als and sug­ges­tions. Cllr Jen­nifer Whit­more asked if there was a dead­line to fi­nalise plans. ‘We don’t have a drop-dead date for ap­pli­ca­tions but time is march­ing on,’ said Mr Dev­ereux. He said that ide­ally they would like to have plans in by the end of May, ‘ but we want to con­tinue the con­ver­sa­tion.’

Cllr Tom For­tune said that he would like a re­port show­ing the pro­gres­sion made in ne­go­ti­a­tions and what the points of dis­cus­sion are.

Amy O’Far­rell said that it has emerged that many of the goals and ob­jec­tives of the of­fi­cials and the lo­cals are com­mon. ‘We recog­nised the im­por­tance of the site as a green area for the peo­ple of Kil­coole and they see that too,’ she said.

Cllr Derek Mitchell won­dered if a park was cre­ated that was open to the pub­lic, would it be main­tained in a sat­is­fac­tory man­ner.

The in­fill plans were post­poned ear­lier this year for fur­ther con­sul­ta­tion to take place. If an in­fill site pro­ceeds, it will take 18 months to com­plete.

‘De­spite th­ese meet­ings, it’s pro­ceed­ing re­gard­less,’ said Cllr Tom For­tune. How­ever Des O’Brien said ‘if that was the case, the ap­pli­ca­tion would have gone in two months ago.

‘It’s not a fait ac­com­pli,’ he said. ‘Peo­ple can still make sub­mis­sions.’

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