Manifesto


A vote for me is a vote for full transparency and community consultation in local government. I believe in a collaborative approach to projects that put the overall good of the community ahead of specific parties or vested interests.

The areas where I intend to make a difference are long-term planning for Greystones, Kilcoole, Newcastle and Delgany, increased community involvement, job creation and the creation of more and better public spaces, including greater community use of the harbour.

A vote for Job Creation

  • The areas of Greystones, Delgany, Kilcoole and Newcastle have huge potential to attract new business.
  • We offer an ideal location for working people and their families, all within easy reach of the airport, the city and the rolling Wicklow countryside. But we need to be strategic in the types of jobs that we attract.
  • I believe we can draw high-tech and leading edge companies to the town.
  • I have been working with key players in the innovation sector to investigate how best to attract smart companies to Greystones and bring high value jobs to the area.
  • In the coming months I will be travelling to Brussels to discuss the potential for Greystones to grow as an innovation hub with Maire Geoghan Quinn, the European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science.

A vote for Long-term Planning

  • The Greystones Strategy is a community initiative to improve the social, economic and environmental offerings of the town, which myself, Stephen Donnelly, TD; Cllr Grainne McLoughlin; the Tidy Towns committee and the Greystones & District Chamber have worked on.
  • Towns like Westport and Dun Laoghaire have successfully used such strategies to increase visitors, help local business and improve their community.
  • The strategy has involved public consultation, and outreach to local businesses
  • In early 2014, we will go back to the community with our draft strategy and plan for implementation.
  • If this approach is successful, there will be potential to roll it out in other areas such as Delgany, Kilcoole and Newcastle.

A vote for Greater Community Involvement  

  • I believe there is a disconnect between local representatives and the wishes of the community and that communities are often divorced from the decisions representatives take on their behalf.
  • I am advocating for a more robust approach to managing towns and communities that represent the true wishes of residents.
  • I want the community to be more actively involved in how special the towns of Greystones, Delgany, Kilcoole and Newcastle are.
  • That means I want to hear the community’s views on issues and encourage discussion about important matters and ongoing and open dialogue with the community.

A vote for more Public Spaces

  • We need more public parks and public spaces. For example, in Greystones, we have great community and sporting facilities, but a glaring lack of public green space; aside from Burnaby Park.
  • I believe we should secure space that everyone in the community can enjoy; children, people with mobility issues, joggers, dog owners and walkers.
  • There is potential for such a development. The 30 acres of IDA land that is currently sitting idle on Mill Road could be developed with woodland walkways, a community orchard, a natural playground that appeals to children’s sense of adventure and a picnic area. This has been successfully done in the likes of Marley Park, Cabinteely and Malahide
  • I fully support the Community Plan for Greystones Harbour, which was recently developed by the community, Stephen Donnelly and Cllr. Tom Fortune. I believe that it is time that Sisk work with the community on this issue; the time has come for Sisk to give something back.

 

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