Fas­saroe Luas line ruled out

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PLANS TO bring the Luas to Fas­saroe have been shelved, to the dis­may of mem­bers of Wick­low County Coun­cil. Mem­bers learned about the scrapped plans at Mon­day’s meet­ing of the coun­cil dur­ing de­tails of the re­cently passed Na­tional Trans­port Au­thor­ity Strat­egy.

The au­thor­ity still in­tends to bring the tram line to Bray.

Mem­bers said that this de­ci­sion will ham­per eco­nomic and em­ploy­ment growth in the Fas­saroe area.

‘ THE most dev­as­tat­ing pre­sen­ta­tion ever to hap­pen in this cham­ber’ was how Cllr Joe Be­han de­scribed de­tails of the re­cently passed Na­tional Trans­port Au­thor­ity Strat­egy for the Greater Dublin Area at the Wick­low County Coun­cil meet­ing on Mon­day.

Mem­bers were in­formed that plans to ex­tend the Luas to Fas­saroe have now been shelved in favour of bring­ing the tram line to Bray, ul­ti­mately ham­per­ing eco­nomic and em­ploy­ment growth in the Fas­saroe area. The pre­sen­ta­tion was given by Sor­cha Walsh of the Plan­ning Sec­tion who told coun­cil­lors of the con­cerns within her depart­ment of the im­pli­ca­tions this strat­egy will have for the Wick­low County Devel­op­ment Plan 2016-2022.

Ms Walsh out­lined that the 20-year strat­egy has al­ready been ap­proved hav­ing been laid be­fore the Oireach­tas and that it is likely to have a very se­ri­ous im­pact on the coun­cil’s core strat­egy for Wick­low.

‘De­ci­sions have been made which will com­pletely oblit­er­ate the plans we made to try and im­prove mat­ters for us and our cit­i­zens,’ said Cllr Be­han. He also said he found it ‘in­cred­i­ble’ that any of the Wick­low TDs would have agreed to this.

‘One would have to ask was any­one, any­where bat­tling for Wick­low? This has blasted a com­plete hole in the core stat­egy and has made what we agreed com­pletely re­dun­dant,’ he said.

Cllr Pat Vance pro­posed that the devel­op­ment plan should be sus­pended pend­ing clar­i­fi­ca­tion.

‘ The re­spon­si­bily of pub­lic reps is be­ing eroded and we have to fight this hard. The fact is that un­elected pub­lic ser­vants are rid­ing roughshod over us. If we al­low this we might as well just leave the cham­ber,’ he said.

Cllr Vin­cent Blake raised con­cerns about the lack of any ref­er­ence to west or south Wick­low in the trans­port plan and that it ap­pears that the NTA is ‘not pro­vid­ing any ser­vices’ to these ar­eas.

Mem­bers agreed to seek an ur­gent meet­ing with the Wick­low TDs and there­after to take the mat­ter to the new Min­is­ter for Trans­port, Shane Ross, who re­sides in the county.

Cllr Joe Be­han.

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