Cars block­ing slip­way should be towed away

Bray People - - NEWS -

CLLR Jen­nifer Whit­more has called for Wick­low County Coun­cil and the man­age­ment of Grey­stones Har­bour to en­sure that any cars that are found to block the slip­way in the har­bour are towed im­me­di­ately.

On a num­ber of oc­ca­sions in the past few weeks, cars have been parked across the top of both slip­ways at the har­bour, block­ing ac­cess to all and, of huge con­cern, pre­vent­ing the lo­cal Coast Guard from launch­ing in the case of an emergency.

‘ This could prove dis­as­trous and it’s not some­thing that we can al­low hap­pen, said the So­cial Demo­crat, who raised the mat­ter at last week’s meet­ing of Grey­stones Mu­nic­i­pal District.

‘It’s im­por­tant that it is dealt with straight away. Specif­i­cally, I asked that any cars that are found block­ing the slip­way, and are caus­ing a health and safety risk, are re­moved im­me­di­ately.

‘I have also asked that the yel­low box at the top of the slip­way be made larger and re­painted, and that signs in­di­cat­ing a “tow zone” are put in place to en­sure that ev­ery­body is aware that they can­not park in that lo­ca­tion. Th­ese rules should only ap­ply to those cars park­ing in a dan­ger­ous man­ner at the top of the slip, and ex­ist­ing park­ing rules should re­main in place for all other ar­eas.’

Ear­lier this month, Der­mot McCauley of Grey­stones Coast Guard told this news­pa­per that they had been pre­vented from launch­ing their boat on Sun­day, July 9, due to in­con­sid­er­ate park­ing at the har­bour. The Coast Guard had been due to cover a swim in Wick­low that day. ‘If there was some­one drown­ing at 4 p.m. on Sun­day, we could not have launched our boat,’ Mr McCauley said at the time.

photo: Grey­stones Coast Guard).

ABOVE: Cars block­ing the slip­way at Grey­stones Har­bour on July 9 (

RIGHT: Cllr Jen­nifer Whit­more at the har­bour.

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