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Community plans for Greystones harbour torpedoed by developer

Plans put forward by local community groups for the development of Greystones harbour have fallen on deaf ears and developers are now preparing to move forward with a pared-down set of proposals.

Greystones residents and various other interest groups put together an interim plan that would have ensured all fenced-off land was opened up and planted for safe use. The plans also included fencing along Cliff Walk and the development of a public park with new lighting and toilets with disability access.

Sisk, the company responsible for the development of the site, dismissed the community’s proposals after attending a meeting of Greystones Town Council where the interim plan was presented.

Independent Councillor Tom Fortune has expressed his astonishment at the reply sent to Greystones Town Council.

“Their response is simply unreal,” Fortune said. “These people seem to have no concept of the extent to which they have put upon the people of this town and the damage they have done to tourism. We have had to endure a building site for six years now.

“They have offered to carry out a minimal amount of grassing in a small area of the site and open a pedestrian access to the North wall via a lengthy circuitous route that takes the public well away from the harbour itself.

Fortune further slammed the developer saying that they feel “no responsibility to the community of this town”.

“They seem to think that the community should endure this eyesore indefinitely,” he said. “Sisk were contracted to build a marine and residential development and they have failed to complete this.

“What they propose involves no material removal of hoardings, no landscaping of the site, no park area, no usable access to the North Pier. In fact, virtually nothing of what the community sought.

“A lot of thought and work went into the community proposals and they have received widespread support in the town. To dismiss them in this manner is outrageous.”

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