Politics | River Vartry Protection Society

By: River Vartry  05/12/2011

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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.


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05/12/2011

Active | River Vartry Protection Society

At our first meeting in the fall, we discussed the “Scientific Approach” which was to find a way to equate “flow and level” to “oxygen and temperature” and the necessity of scientific help to develop this equation for the River Vartry. 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.


05/12/2011

Threats | River Vartry Protection Society

The Wicklow County Council has denied permission to Michael Ryan on a proposed development near Nun’s Cross bridge on the basis that they have not decided how to develop the area AA9 designated in the Ashford Area Plan and granting permission would be premature.


05/12/2011

River Basin Management | River Vartry Protection Society

I am aware that the Fisheries Board have been and will be working with the ERBD to see that their interests are covered, but all of us who are around the River Vartry should be involved. It is an urgent situation that we now complete the initiative set out in the River Basin Management Plan for the Vartry and not wait until 2015 when it must be complete.


05/12/2011

Administration | River Vartry Protection Society

We need to have a submission drafted that will encourage the Wicklow County Council to discuss Rivers for other purposes than just Drinking Water. This plan is the umbrella plan for the area and is very lacking in regards to all the Rivers and specifically the Vartry. An Taisce are organising a public meeting in Roundwood on Monday 16th November at 8pm at the Roundwood Community Hall.


05/12/2011

Ecology | River Vartry Protection Society

The River Vartry Protection Society welcomes its members and selected guests to the first meeting of the Society at Hunters Hotel, tonight Thursday the 1st of October at 8 PM.


05/12/2011

Fish | River Vartry Protection Society

At our first meeting in the fall, we discussed the “Scientific Approach” which was to find a way to equate “flow and level” to “oxygen and temperature” and the necessity of scientific help to develop this equation for the River Vartry. It is an urgent situation that we now complete the initiative set out in the River Basin Management Plan for the Vartry and not wait until 2015 when it must be complete.


05/12/2011

Polution | River Vartry Protection Society

I’m amazed that you know and Wicklow Co. Co. know where the sewage that is being dumped in the river is coming from and yet nothing is happening to stop it. It looks as if it might be powerful legislation with teeth, should or when or if it has been placed into Irish Legislation. We were by the river early and did not see anything, but it is spillage from Devil’s Glen and can be very direct.