t’s been 12 years in the planning, but now the proposed site for the new Coast Guard HQ in Greystones has been vetoed.
The coast guards head office in Dublin has turned down the new building, situated beside the new club houses for Greystones’ sailing, angling, diving and rowing clubs, and the sea scout building.
In a statement to Wicklow County Council, a spokesman for the Irish Coast Guards stated that ‘it is deemed no longer viable to pursue the development at this site due to lack of funding in meeting the requirements’.
In reply late last night, local councillor Derek Mitchell said, “I am very annoyed the Coastguard say it is not viable to build the station at this site in Greystones. The Council has given them a valuable site specially constructed on the new pier and built a special slipway for them. It is incredible that after 12 years of discussions, planning and building the harbour, they pull out.”
Reportedly, the problem for the local Coast Guards is the cost, given that the site will be subject to storm waves, but, states Mitchell, “they should put the boat on the calm marina and build a simpler, less costly building.
“To my mind, getting the boat going is much easier and safer from the marina than slip launching from the outer basin,” concluded Mitchell, “which can be rough in easterly winds.”
This morning, we spoke with Dermot Mcauley, theOfficer in Charge at Greystones Coast Guards, and he was quick to point out that the local station had not been informed, either by head office or the Wicklow County Council, of any decision.
A spokesperson for the Irish Coast Guard later stated that they were not giving up the site, and that until funding was found to build the new coast guard station in Greystones, a temporary solution would be found over the coming months.
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