Mayor Stephen Stokes
Thanks for stopping by my page. It is a great honour to serve as Mayor of Greystones.
Greystones is undergoing many exciting changes and challenges. If you have any ideas or issues I can help you with please get in touch.Some of my top priorities include:
- Actively assist local organisations to further community spirit.
- Seek transport upgrades including Dart / Bus, roads & footpaths.
- Improve tourism & tourist services.
I serve on the following Greystones Town Council sub-committees:
- Tourism & Twinning (Chairperson)
- Community Affairs
- Joint Police Committee
- Youth, Sport, & Culture
Other groups I serve with:
- Leinster Schools Chess Association (President)
- Kindlestown Woods Green Communities (Vice-Chairperson)
Where I stand on Greystones issues:
Attendance - I have a 100% attendance record at Greystones Town Council's monthly meetings. I enjoy these opportunities to put Greystones first.
Bellevue Road Ramps - I want these replaced by 2-4 wheelchair ramps. At the moment they are dangerous because people drive their cars in the middle of the road. I have lobbied for this every month since their introduction. The Labour Party will continue to keep road safety as a top priority.
Buses - I will continue to lobby for relevant improvements to bus services. I campaigned vigourously to try stop the 84 re-routing to Blackrock. I believe the 84x route should be widened to include departure times such as: Greystones to Dublin, 9am and 10am. I am pleased that the Labour Party propasals of a 3.50pm 84x service from TCD to Greystones, and an 84x stop at Xtra Vision have now been implemented by Dublin Bus.
Business Rates - In Dec 2009, I voted to reduce Greystones Town Council budget by about 7%. The only cuts made were to politicians expenses, while funding to community groups such as Tidy Towns were increased.
Charlesland Road - I have vigourously campaigned for the management company to step up to its responsibilities.
Educate Together - The announcement by Ruairi Quinn (Minister for Education) to recognise to recognise Educate Together as a 2nd level education provider is most welcome. I will support Educate Together for the new secondary school patronage in North East Wicklow.
Harbour / Marina - I have consistently called for the Harbour status to be reported better through public consultation. I continue to be a vocal advocate for its completion. A working harbour is deserved for the people of Greystones.
Junkets - I will not accept these. The gravy train for politicians must end. Should I travel to an official event I will pay my own way.
Kindlestown Woods / Blackwalk - I commend the Kindlestown Wood Green Communities Group on their clean up efforts and tree planting. I am thankful to the Gardaí for making the area a "hotzone."
Rail Tickets - I believe current rail ticket prices to Dublin are a rip off and must be changed decisively.
Student Grants - Information from www.studentfinance.ie
Tourism & Twinning - I am honoured to serve as Chairperson of this sub committee. So far we have been able to deliver a tourism stand in Greystones railway station, to distribute free Greystones maps. I was also delighted to have been apart of Greystones twinning with Holyhead, Wales.