The Draft RSES is a strategic plan which identifies regional assets, opportunities and pressures and provides appropriate policy responses in the form of Regional Policy Objectives. At this strategic level it provides a framework for investment to better manage spatial planning and economic development throughout the Region.
Julianstown & District Community Association has made a submission For the Draft Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy on behalf of the residents of Julianstown.
On 6th February Meath County Council issued a notice to the owners of the Old Mill Derelict Site, putting them on notice of their intention to start the process of listing the site on the Derelict Sites Register, in accordance with the provisions of the Derelict Sites Act, 1990.
While this is good news for local residents you will note that it has taken more than one threat of legal action to bring the Council to this stage, after years of trying to get them to act. (please see the attached letter from FP Logue Solicitors and MCC’s reply) regarding this.
While the present development is to be welcomed it is merely the start of a process to redevelop this site. JDCA will be keeping a close watch on the subsequent actions of the Council in this regard and will not hesitate to hold them to account for any failure by them to fulfill their obligations under the provisions of the Act.
You will be aware that a debate in the national media about the legality and advisability of installing CCTV surveillance in villages and towns. Duleek village has been the focus of this media interest.
A proposal to install CCTV similar to that in Duleek is being promoted by Councillor Sharon Keogan and the Gardai, for Julianstown.
Residents of East Meath are asked to inform themselves fully of the implications of having 24/7 wide spectrum CCTV in Julianstown as this would have implications for residents of the wider East Meath Area and of South Drogheda, as well as any resident of the village itself.
The proposed CCTV system would have number plate and facial recognition capability.
Attached is a note of a meeting between JDCA representatives and Mr. Nicholas Whyatt of MCC to establish the position regarding the implementation of traffic calming measures in Julianstown, which is self explanatory.
As you can see MCC have design capacity problems regarding this project. It has been indicated that progress on the design of the measures should be expected by mid 2018.
Locals in East Meath are all too familiar with the Old Mill saga. The Old Mill is a 17th century Mill, one of the oldest buildings in Julianstown and steeped in history and heritage for the village. It has been derelict since 2007 and the scene of illegal dumping, traveller encampment and other anti-social behaviour. (see here, here, here and here for previous updates)
Under pressure from locals Meath County Council acted in August and issued a notice to the owners of the Old Mill under the Derelict Sites Act to carry out certain works. A concerned local company filed a formal request with the Council asking it to determine if the works required planning permission.
The Council has now made its decision finding that the major works including demolition of parts of the Old Mill and the infilling of openings in the Mill House do require planning permission since they involve material works to protected structures.
The formal declaration is copied below or can be downloaded here.