Press Release - Cathaoirleach off Greystones Municipal District

Cllr Tom Fortune was elected Cathaoirleach off Greystones Municipal District at the AGM on Tuesday. Speaking with the Wicklow Voice following his election, he thanked his collogues for their support, he also thanked the municipal staff for all the backup they provide.

Cllr Fortune says there are many issues that require attention and is looking forward to working with his collogues to make them happen and come up with solutions.

Access for the fishermen to Greystones harbour is urgent and must be resolved over the next few weeks. The proposed developed in the centre of Kilcoole village if developed as planned will destroy the village, this must be altered to ensure this does not happen. A footpath to the train station in Kilcoole is urgently required. The commencement of the Delgany and Kilincarrig village improvements . Work on footpaths in Kilpedder and solution to the issue of it been used as a rat run for traffic.  Improvements in Newcastle village . More attention to Kiladreenan , who believe they are forgotten about.

Cllr Fortune also talked about the function of the district and the powers it requires that should be allocated from WCC. He believes the district chairs should be members of the corporate policy group , that this would make the districts stronger and be better for local democracy. He is a big supporter of the climate change initiative and seconded Cllr Mathews proposal to put in place a climate change SPC, this was approved by all the members of WCC. Cllr Fortune says the initiative from the students in our secondary schools was a big driver in making this happen.

Housing is a key priority, and that there is a big demand for affordable housing. He is calling for a change in Government policy to allow young couples who are paying very high rents of 1600— 1800 euro per month and who have a good payment record to qualify for mortgage approval without the need to provide a deposit , this would help the housing crisis in a big way. The growing threat of homelessness is very concerning and Cllr  Fortune believes requires an emergency group to come together immediately to agree a solution, it is not good enough or acceptable to allow a family become homeless.

Others challenges where he wants to see change  and solutions agreed to resolve are , derelict sites, bus service, parking, toilet for the harbour area , support of tidy towns groups , protection of trees throughout the district.

Cllr Fortune says it is an honour and a privilege to be Cathaoirleach and is looking forward to working with his collogues to make a busy programme happen.

Cllr Tom Fortune