Im­proved plan for coast guard sta­tion go­ing out to ten­der

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

A new coast guard sta­tion for Grey­stones is go­ing out to ten­der, fol­low­ing agree­ment on plans for the site.

Der­mot Ma­cauley of Grey­stones Coast Guard said that last Tues­day evening, national Coast Guard rep­re­sen­ta­tives came to Grey­stones and showed lo­cal mem­bers plans. The fol­low­ing day, Min­is­ter Si­mon Har­ris and the Min­is­ter for the OPW Boxer Mo­ran met at Le­in­ster House.

‘Ev­ery­one is on the same page now,’ said Der­mot. ‘What was pro­posed pre­vi­ously with the money avail­able wasn’t fit for pur­pose. We would have pre­ferred not to build any­thing at all.’

The national coast guard body was able to source fur­ther fund­ing for an im­proved plan.

‘It’s a com­pro­mise, but a good com­pro­mise,’ said Der­mot. ‘It does cover what we need. It’s not the Taj Ma­hal but it’s fit for pur­pose. Hope­fully when the ten­der process is fin­ished they will start build­ing.’

He said that the ex­ist­ing sta­tion doesn’t have toi­lets, show­ers or chang­ing fa­cil­i­ties. The new plans will in­clude boat ac­cess to the wa­ter right at the slip.

Min­is­ter Har­ris said he was re­ally pleased that the pro­ject is mov­ing to ten­der­ing phase.

‘This has been a very long road for all of us in­volved and the team, who pro­vide an in­valu­able ser­vice to our en­tire com­mu­nity has been caught up in this lengthy process. The OPW and Coast Guard are now in agree­ment about the pro­posed base so the pro­ject can go out to ten­der,’ he said.

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