West Wick­low ig­nored in plan

DI­REC­TIVE AGAINST IN­CLU­SION IN RE­GIONAL SPATIAL PLAN

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - By MYLES BUCHANAN

A DI­REC­TIVE is­sued by the Min­is­ter for Hous­ing, Plan­ning and Lo­cal Government calls for the re­moval of plans to link the Luas to Bless­ing­ton from the Re­gional Spatial and Eco­nomic Strat­egy 2019-2031.

The up­grade of the N81 and the link from Tal­laght to Hollywood with the M9 wasn’t in­cluded in the draft. For­mer TD Billy Tim­mins is urg­ing the public to lodge sub­mis­sions out­lin­ing how west Wick­low has been ig­nored.

He said: ‘It’s very re­gret­table that the N81 and the cor­ri­dor from Tal­laght to Bless­ing­ton wasn’t in­cluded in the RSES draft. Un­for­tu­nately it didn’t get sup­port across all po­lit­i­cal par­ties. The one con­so­la­tion was the fact that the pro­posal to link the Luas line to Bless­ing­ton was in­cluded. Now the Min­is­ter’s di­rec­tion aims to ex­clude that as well. It’s a great pity that out of all the cor­ri­dors out of Dublin, the one go­ing to west Wick­low is the one ig­nored.’

A DI­REC­TIVE is­sued by the Min­is­ter for Hous­ing, Plan­ning and Lo­cal Government aims to re­move plans to ex­tend the Luas to Bless­ing­ton from the Eastern and Mid­land Re­gional Assem­bly Re­gional Spatial and Eco­nomic Strat­egy 2019 - 2031.

The draft re­port was drafted in May and was sent to Min­is­ter Eoghan Murphy for ap­proval. The draft in­cluded plans for the ap­praisal, plan­ning and de­sign of Luas net­work ex­pan­sion to Bless­ing­ton, as well as Bray, Fin­glas, Lu­can, Pool­beg, Hazel­hatch and Boot­er­stown.

The Min­is­ter has di­rected that ref­er­ence to Bless­ing­ton, Hazel­hatch and Boot­er­stown should be re­moved from the plan, claim­ing that the assem­bly ig­nored or didn’t take suf­fi­cient ac­count of a sub­mis­sion he made in Jan­uary and April. He fur­ther states that the RSES is not in compliance with cer­tain sec­tions of the Plan­ning and Devel­op­ment Act 2000.

The di­rec­tion comes as a fur­ther blow for west Wick­low. The up­grade of the N81 and the link from Tal­laght to Hollywood with the M9 wasn’t in­cluded in the draft af­ter the mo­tion lost out by a sin­gle vote at the East­land and Mid­land Re­gional Assem­bly back in May.

For­mer TD Billy Tim­mins has asked the public to lodge sub­mis­sions sup­port­ing the in­clu­sion of the N81, the Tal­laght to Hollywood link and the ap­praisal plans to ex­tend Luas ser­vices to Bless­ing­ton.

‘It’s very re­gret­table that the N81 and the cor­ri­dor from Tal­laght to Bless­ing­ton wasn’t in­cluded in the RSES draft. Un­for­tu­nately it didn’t get sup­port across all po­lit­i­cal par­ties. The one con­so­la­tion was the fact that the pro­posal to link the Luas line to Bless­ing­ton was in­cluded. Now the Min­is­ter’s di­rec­tion aims to ex­clude that as well. It’s a great pity that out of all the cor­ri­dors out of the greater Dublin area, the one go­ing to west Wick­low is the one be­ing ig­nored,’ said Mr Tim­mins.

Sub­mis­sions can be made in writ­ing up un­til Mon­day, Septem­ber 2. ‘I would call on as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble to make sub­mis­sions. Peo­ple liv­ing in the area, statu­tory bod­ies and Balt­in­glass Mu­nic­i­pal District should make sub­mis­sions on the mat­ter out­lin­ing how this area has bee ig­nored,’ said Mr Tim­mins.

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