Wicklow TD Jennifer Whitmore has welcomed the progress being made on the site for the new coastguard station in Greystones Harbour, with the formal transfer of the site from Wicklow County Council to the Office of Public Works (OPW) this week.
Deputy Whitmore said:
“The news that Wicklow County Council have signed off on the sale of the Greystones Harbour site to see the new Coast Guard HQ established is very welcome.
“This new facility has been promised for years, but there has been very little movement on it, despite the clear and urgent need for an upgraded coastguard station in the locality. I have repeatedly raised this issue with the Minister and the Council, and I am pleased that progress is finally being made.
“However, it is important now that we keep the foot on the gas. There have been several false dawns in relation to this project, and the Government must now deliver for the community. I have today again written to the Minister seeking a timeline for the delivery of this facility, and to indicate my support for this work to be expedited.
Social Democrat Cllr. Mark Barry also welcomed the news today, saying, “As a seaside town, this will be a key community resource. Our beaches are an amazing amenity and facilitate many activities, from summer camps to daily swimmers to walking groups. We must have a strong coast guard facility to keep residents safe, and that’s suitable for our incredible coastguard team to work in.”