Friday 24 May 2019

Talks ongoing to solve issue with new Coastguard Station

Councillor Jim Moore
Councillor Jim Moore

Anna Hayes

Talks are ongoing between the County Council and Office of Public Works in relation to finding a suitable location for a new Kilmore Coastguard Station, according to Mayor of Wexford, Cllr Jim Moore.

Cllr Moore said the news that background works on a selected site, alongside the current station, had ground to a halt had caused considerable frustration in the local area, saying that Kilmore Quay was a busy location for the Coastguard who are currently working out of substandard facilities.

Cllr Moore, who believed that land registration may be part of the problem, said that other issues were also coming into play, namely questions over the infrastructure of the area and traffic management.

'Both parties are working actively on this and I believe a site will be made available either there or elsewhere. I reckon there will be clarity on the situation within the next few weeks.'

He pointed out that the project still had to go to planning and public consultation but he believed that there would not be a significant delay in the process.

He added that information needed to be relayed to the people of Kilmore, saying the station was not just a significant development for the Coastguard, but for the village itself.

The issue was debated in yesterday's County Council meeting as two councillors, Cllr Ger Carthy and Cllr Lisa McDonald tabled motions, condemning the withdrawal of the land and calling for the situation to be rectified as soon as possible.

Wexford People

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