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New Greystones estate access ramp slammed as ‘something you’d see in the Soviet Union’


Cllr. Stephen Stokes at the Farrankelly ramp.

Cllr. Stephen Stokes at the Farrankelly ramp.

Cllr. Stephen Stokes at the Farrankelly ramp.


Councillor Stephen Stokes told the September meeting of the Greystones Municipal District Council that the access ramp at Farrankelly estate is unfinished and ugly, saying: “It looks like something you’d see in the Soviet Union!”

Cllr Stokes called for the work to be brought up to a higher standard of finish, and that the ugly cast concrete walls on the ramp be cladded in stone to blend in, and enhance the area.

The councillor was told that the work was completed to the design agreed. The District Engineer, Ruairi O’Hanlon confirmed the job was completed in full by the Council, and pointed out that any further work is not deemed necessary.

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He added the cost of stone finishing / cladding would be circa €95,000 to €100,000 and there were no funds allocated for that. An offer of planting with climbing plants to screen the main bulk of the ramp or painting with murals was proposed previously, but rejected.

Enquiries were made to the housing section regarding the ramp, but again it was stated there is no funding available for any further work. It was stressed to Cllr Stokes that the ramp was built to the specification agreed and there are similar ramps in the county built to the same specification.

Cllr Stokes said the residents feel let down by the council. The District Engineer pointed out that some additional work had been carried out that went beyond the design brief. Cathaoirleach, Cllr Gerry Walsh suggested a relook at the idea of planting and other low cost options to improve the ramps appearance, acknowledging it was a funding issue.