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Often we remember to complain when things go wrong but don’t bother to compliment when things go right. We would like to thank An Bord Pleanála for their decision on the Ryan Development PL27.235089 in Clora, Ashford. This appeal by the contractor was against the Wicklow County Council who refused permission to this development on the basis of it being premature even though it was part of the Local Area plan. There were objectors (including ourselves) that joined the Wicklow co.co. but had additional objections on the basis that the surface water was being routed directly to the River Vartry above the Salmon Beds and to do this the developer had proposed to drill into the protected structure of the Nun’s Cross Bridge. It is clear from the decision that An Bord Pleanála read carefully and with a keen eye, every submission and every detail, rather than simply supporting the Wicklow County Council and rejecting the appeal. The thoroughness that they exhibited in rejecting means a lot to us and to the neighbors in the area. We think you are doing a great job truly acting as a means for people to have a say in what goes on around them. Your fine work is appreciated.
Thank you for your support. It is a shame alright. However, it’s far more important that groups of dedicated people continue to work together in a cohesive manner to ensure that our environment and natural resources are protected. In the words of Margaret Mead “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
We are sorry to report that both Caroline Burrell and Pat Kavanagh did not make it into the Wicklow County Council this time. This is obviously due to the protest against the government and it is a great shame that these two excellent candidates have suffered from this. We will have to hope that they will persevere and they will put themselves forward again the next time.
We need supporters on the Wicklow County Council with a concern over the river. Cllr Caroline Burrell (Green Party) will contest a seat in Greystones for Wicklow County Council for the first time. She was actually the third member of the River Vartry Protection Society. She is positive, active, honest, and continually offers her help. Tireless. Patricia Kavanagh (Green Party) is a native of Wicklow Town and is running for Wicklow Town and County Council. Again Pat is so active and energetic which her work with the ‘Friends of the Murrough’ that she will be a force of good on the council for us. Please don’t forget to vote, it may be the most important thing you can do to help.