atest press release from Social Democrat TD Jennifer Whitmore and Cllr Jodie Neary, issued on Wednesday, September 15th 2021…
Deputy Whitmore & Cllr Neary welcome extension of N11 public consultation by two weeks.
Social Democrats TD for Wicklow Jennifer Whitmore and local Cllr Jodie Neary, of Greystones District, made previous calls for Wicklow County Council to extend the public consultation timeline on the N11 new proposed route by Arup.
Following correspondence, both representatives were told that the public consultation for the N11 proposal will be extended by two weeks to October Monday 4th.
Speaking on the news, Deputy Whitmore says, “while I welcome this extension after I made several calls on WCC to extend it, I do believe the Council must facilitate public meetings as well given the number of residents these proposals could impact on.
“There needs to be much more extensive engagement by WCC and ARUP due to the fact that many people are finding these proposals difficult to understand, the online portal has been difficult to navigate for many, and many people have struggled to get a one-on-one consultation with the Council on the N11 proposal.
“As a public representative, I was only able to get a meeting a few days before the previous deadline for submission and it took a while to get this date. I can only imagine how difficult it has been for the public to get in contact with someone who can answer their questions directly.
“I believe a public online meeting is also needed to get to more people and continue to call on WCC and Arup to facilitate this.
Also speaking on the extension, Cllr Neary says “not only are residents concerned about the overall N11 proposal but in particular proposals to close down the Kilpedder and Delgany exits on the N11. which could have a huge impact on traffic in the area.
“With new housing developments coming along, traffic is the number one concern for people living in Delgany as it affects all aspects of life, commuting, school drop offs, local businesses and overall quality of life. Locals need to have their say directly with the organisers of this project but the current online portal does not currently allow for this.
“While more one-on-one meetings will be facilitated by this extension, direct consultation is need and so we are continuing to ask for a public meeting to be arranged in advance of the new public consultation deadline,” concludes Cllr Neary.
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