County Coun­cil to as­sume con­trol of Wick­low Port

Bray People - - NEWS -

THERE was a broad wel­come within Wick­low County Coun­cil cham­ber to the trans­fer of con­trol of Wick­low Port to Wick­low County Coun­cil.

Mem­bers dis­cussed the devel­op­ment which will see the coun­cil re­spon­si­ble for run­ning and de­vel­op­ing the har­bour.

CEO Bryan Doyle in­formed mem­bers that the trans­fer or­der is to be signed by the end of this month and while there might be a slight de­lay due to min­is­te­rial changes, he does not ex­pect it would be for any sig­nif­i­cant pe­riod of time. He said that is im­por­tant for the lo­cal au­thor­ity to have con­trol of the port in terms of the town’s mar­itime and ma­rine in­ter­ests, to at­tract fund­ing and to con­tinue to de­velop it as much as pos­si­ble in terms of busi­ness.

Cllr John Snell wel­comed the move and raised the is­sue of pro­vid­ing a per­ma­nent home for Vartry Row­ing Club for which he would be seek­ing the sup­port of the coun­cil and the in­com­ing ma­rine of­fi­cer.

Cllr Gail Dunne raised the is­sue of dredg­ing and the trans­fer will be a ‘great thing for Wick­low Port’. He said that fur­ther dredg­ing must be looked at for the good of the club’s leisure and com­mer­cial in­ter­ests. Mr Doyle out­lined that the port is cur­rently in credit to the tune of €800,000 which will be put to­wards the €3 mil­lion in­vest­ment needed.

Cllr Derek Mitchell warned that dredg­ing doesn’t come cheap and that con­sid­er­a­tion must be given to the cost of such works.

Wick­low Port.

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