Harris Seeks Social Audit After Delgany Decision

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atest press release from Simon Harris TD, issued on Friday, February 19th 2021…

Wicklow Fine Gael Minister Simon Harris TD has expressed his disappointment with the decision issued by An Bord Pleanala in respect of the new housing scheme proposed for the grounds of the Carmelite Convent in Delgany.

Minister Harris said, “I am disappointed that this decision did not address issues we all constructively raised around our public services, local infrastructure, school places, etc. We all appreciate the need for housing. We were attempting to constructively engage to ensure this was gotten right.”

The Minister added, “I now intend to do everything I can to assist in making sure the key issues we highlighted are addressed in terms of school places, traffic, playground and community facilities, etc.

In light of An Bord Pleanala’s decision I have written to the Chief Executive of Wicklow County Council requesting a Social Audit be carried out in Delgany concerning the additional needs imposed on the community for School Places, Public Transport, Road Infrastructure and amenities.

In view of the work underway to prepare the County Development Plan I have asked the Chief Executive to meet me urgently on this. It is anticipated that the first draft of the County Development Plan will be published next month and there will be an opportunity by members of the public to make submissions.

“A Social Audit of Delgany’s needs will allow the community make more informed submissions as part of the County Development plan to information the Council’s planners in their work.”