An­nounce­ment ex­pected for IDA site in Grey­stones

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - NEWS -

A DEAL in­volv­ing a va­cant IDA devel­op­ment site in Grey­stones may be struck early this year, ac­cord­ing to Cllr Gerry Walsh.

‘As a re­sult of a meet­ing held re­cently, there is a sig­nif­i­cant devel­op­ment in in­ter­est on this site and an an­nounce­ment is ex­pected early next year from the IDA,’ said Cllr Walsh, who is chair­per­son of the Wick­low Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment and En­ter­prise Sup­port Strate­gic Pol­icy Com­mit­tee.

The site has been un­oc­cu­pied for decades. A com­puter chip pro­cess­ing fa­cil­ity planned to set up there in the 90s but ul­ti­mately went to Ger­many in­stead. Cllr Walsh said that he has been ac­tively pur­su­ing devel­op­ment op­tions with the IDA prop­erty di­vi­sion and with prospec­tive em­ploy­ers. ‘I have es­pe­cially pressed the ur­gent need to at­tact busi­nesses into the county to re­verse the cur­rent com­mut­ing trend, which in­di­cates that al­most 26,000 Wick­low res­i­dents are work­ing out­side the county and that 44 per cent of Grey­stones res­i­dents work in Dublin.’

He said that the re­cent com­muter sur­vey car­ried out by Wick­low County Coun­cil has iden­ti­fied the range of par­tic­u­lar skill sets in the work­ing Wick­low pop­u­la­tion. ‘These skill sets could po­ten­tially be used to at­tract po­ten­tial busi­nesses into the IDA site in Grey­stones and into other em­ploy­ment devel­op­ment sites across Wick­low,’ said Cllr Walsh.

Ar­eas of North Wick­low have been iden­ti­fied as po­ten­tial growth cen­tres in the cur­rent set­tle­ment strat­egy of the Draft Re­gional Spa­tial and Eco­nomic Strat­egy (RSES). The RSES also ex­am­ined the hous­ing num­bers, de­liv­ered in re­cent years and pro­jected for the next 3 to 5 years in the gen­eral area (ap­prox­i­mately 5000). Our hous­ing cri­sis presents sig­nif­i­cant chal­lenges but it is im­per­a­tive that vi­tal in­fra­struc­ture which in­cludes en­hanced pub­lic trans­port is de­liv­ered to cater for any ad­di­tional de­mand. The RSES also in­cludes the IDA site at Grey­stones as a strate­gic em­ploy­ment lo­ca­tion for devel­op­ment which is been ac­tively pur­sued.

He said that in light of all of this, pub­lic trans­port needs to be ad­dressed and up­graded to meet in­creas­ing de­mands.

The Grey­stones IDA site, lo­cated close to the Shore­line Leisure Cen­tre.

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