Time to make dif­fi­cult de­ci­sions in lo­cal ar­eas says cathaoir­leach

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

POL­ICY in re­gard to the re­served func­tions of Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­tricts in Arklow, Wick­low, Bray and Grey­stones was dis­cussed at Mon­day’s Wick­low County Coun­cil meet­ing.

De­ci­sions on Part 8 plan­ning files were of par­tic­u­lar con­cern to Cllr Joe Be­han who ex­pressed the view that such mat­ters should be dis­cussed at lo­cal level as mem­bers would have a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the lo­cal area.

‘I feel that in par­tic­u­lar, Part 8s and lo­cal area de­vel­op­ment plans should be dis­cussed at lo­cal level. I’m in favour of mak­ing de­ci­sions at lo­cal level as far as pos­si­ble,’ he said.

Cllr Be­han added that he ‘fun­da­men­tally dis­agrees with de­ci­sions such as lo­ca­tions for Trav­eller ac­com­mo­da­tion be­ing sent to the full coun­cil for a de­ci­sion’.

Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Frank Cur­ran in­formed mem­bers that a limit of 20 houses is out­lined for Part 8 plan­ning ap­provals and that any more than that will be dis­cussed at full coun­cil level, but that Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­tricts will have pow­ers to ap­prove any­thing un­der that in their own ar­eas.

‘Lo­cal is­sues for lo­cal ar­eas – that’s the spirit of it,’ Mr Cur­ran said.

Cllr John Snell ex­pressed con­cern that if his six-mem­ber district in Wick­low, was tied in a vote that the cathaoir­leach then has the de­cid­ing vote but he was in­formed that this is pol­icy in re­la­tion to Part 8 ap­pli­ca­tions.

‘They should have the balls to do it at lo­cal level but in­stead things get re­ferred to the coun­cil when dif­fi­cult de­ci­sions need to be made. It’s about time we all took the dif­fi­cult de­ci­sions in our own ar­eas,’ re­marked Cathaoir­leach Pat Vance.

Cllr Joe Be­han

Cllr John Snell

Cllr Pat Vance

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