Ready to launch: Greystones to finally get new coastguard station after 15 year battle
The Irish Coast Guard rescue service is to finally get its new state-of-the-art station in county Wicklow.
Plans for the new building on the South Pier in Greystones Harbour, lodged by the Commissioners of Public Works in Ireland, were recently approved by Wicklow County Council.
The new and much anticipated building will consist of a single-storey boathouse and vehicle store with a combined floor area of 259 sqm and a roof height of 7.8mts (25ft 7’).
As part of the new coastguard home a new vehicular access point for the volunteers will be created, as well as eight car parking spaces for use by members of the Irish Coast Guard Service.
The Coast Guard has been looking to build a new HQ for the local service since the mid-2000s. Its most recent plans submitted to the local authroity were knocked back in 2016.
When the new station is complete, the Coast Guard service will be able to move away from their current base beside Greystones Garda Station and into a state-of-the-art building designed specifically for the needs of rescue service.