County Council to assume control of Wicklow Port
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.