Fassaroe Luas line ruled out
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.