Tuesday, 9 January 2007

Dick to discuss Delgany?

The Bray People tells us of an invite to Dick Roche, Minister for the Environment, to discuss the Draft Greystones/Delgany Local Area Plan.

Delgany Community Council has extended an New Year invitation to Minister for the Environment Dick Roche to meet with them in early January to discuss the amendments made by Wicklow County councillors to the Local Area Plan for Greystones/Delgany.
The Community Council say that they are very concerned that Wicklow County Councillors adopted 'unwarranted' amendments to the Greystones/Delgany Local Area Plan with out considering the impact on the local community or the opposition of the Community Council and other groups to them.
The Delgany Group has said it believes that it is clear to many Greystones and Delgany residents that these amendments starkly contradict the guidelines of the consultants draft LAP and also the recommendations of Wicklow County Council planners.
Evelyn Cawley, on behalf of the Delgany Community Council, attended a meeting before Christmas with Cllr. David Grant for the Minister, outlined the concerns of the Community Council. She stated that there are significant local concerns regarding the changes and the amendments which represent 'unsustainable development and bad planning'.
'Because these amendments ignore good planning principles,' she said, 'they will have detrimental effects on Delgany and Greystones.There are no significant employment opportunities in the area so all this residential development will result in car bases commuting and the environment will suffer as well as the quality of people's lives.'
The Community Council have documented their concerns to the Minister in a letter and are hoping to have a meeting with him in January.

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