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  • Public participation in the identification of ‘bathing waters’ under the bathing waters directive 2006/7 EC of 15th February 2006 and the bathing water quality regulations SI 79 of 2008

    Wicklow County Council is inviting public participation in the identification of Bathing Waters under the Bathing Waters Directive and the Bathing Water Quality Regulations 2008 (SI No 79 of 2008).

    The Directive requires that water quality at all designated bathing waters meets stringent microbiological standards in order to protect the health of people who choose to bathe there. City and county councils are required under the 2008 Regulations to identify bathing waters on an annual basis.

    This consultation process provides the public with an opportunity to:

    • comment on existing designated bathing waters with a view to continuation of designation, There are six bathing waters identified under the Bathing Water Regulations 2008. These are Bray South Promenade, Greystones South Beach, Silver Strand, Brittas Bay North Beach, Brittas South Beach and Clogga Beach, which achieved either excellent or good classification, based on the last 4 years of sample results.
    • comment on other bathing waters not currently designated but which may be considered for designation. The Council also monitors six other bathing waters in the County namely; South of Bray Harbour, Greystones Mens Bathing Place, Kilcoole Beach, The Murrough Wicklow, Wicklow Harbour Bathing Area and Arklow South Beach. The Arklow South Beach was awarded the Green Flag in 2015.

    Comments are invited from interested parties.

    If you are a regular swimmer or beach user and want to help your Council decide which bathing areas should be designated for 2016, it might be helpful to consider the following in making a submission:

    • Location, description and extent of the bathing area;
    • How your beach area has been used up to now;
    • How many people use the area; swimmers, paddlers, water sports participants etc.
    • What facilities exist at the site and how accessible it is; direction and information signs, road access and car parking, access for disabled persons, toilet/changing facilities, waste bins, water sports, shops, lifeguard stations etc.
    • Proximity of pressures on bathing water quality; wastewater discharges or river inputs, dogs/birds/horses.
    • Any safety issues: strong currents/tides and steep declines.

    If you wish to propose a new bathing water site or comment on an existing site please submit your proposal to Michael McNamara A/Administrative Officer, Water & Environmental Services, Wicklow County Council, County Buildings, Station Road, Wicklow or email bathingwater@wicklowcoco.ie.

    Closing date for submissions to your city council or county council is 28th July 2015.

  • For further information, please visit Irish Water's website or contact the project team:

    Web: www.water.ie/arklowtp
    Email: arklowtp@water.ie
    Telephone: 089 228 5902
    9am-5pm, Monday-Friday

  • Irish Water is the new national water utility and is now responsible for managing the delivery of water services to home and businesses in Ireland. For further information or to report an issue with:

    • Water Supply
    • Water Quality
    • Wastewater

    Please contact Irish Water
    Web: www.water.ie
    Twitter: @IrishWater
    Tel: 1890 278 278 (LoCall)
    Minicon: 1890 378 378 ( For hearing impaired customers with minicon equipment)
    Postal Address: Irish Water, PO Box 860, South City Delivery Office, Cork City

    Please continue to contact Wicklow County Council for information or issues relating to business account queries, surface water drainage and flood management.


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  • Following the Second World War, Town Twinning was extended in Europe as a means of promoting mutual understanding and cross-border projects.

    Town twinning is supported by the European Union and since 1989 The Council of European Municipalities and Regions has worked closely with the European Commission to promote modern, high quality twinning initiatives and exchanges that involve all sections of the community.

    The European Union had fostered more than 7,000 bilateral relationships involving almost 10,000 European municipalities and in most cases geographical distance has very little influence upon communities' selections of a twin town. In fact Town twinning has increasingly been used to form strategic international business links.

    County Wicklow's ties with Wurzburg were originally established following contact between St. Cronans School and its sister school in Wurzburg, where St. Cronan is the Patron Saint

    County Wicklow values its close ties with all its Twin City Partners.

    Towns that are twinned:


    Co. Wicklow & Bray are twinned with Wurzburg www.wuerzburg.de/en/

    Seminole County

    Co. Wicklow is twinned with Seminole County, Florida www.seminolecountyfl.gov/


    Bray is twinned with Begles, France

    Dublin, California

    Bray is twinned with Dublin, California, USAwww.ci.dublin.ca.us/

    Montigny le Bretonex

    Wicklow Town is twinned with Montigny in France www.montigny78.fr/


    Wicklow Town is twinned with Einchenzell-Fulda, Germany


    Wicklow Town is twinned with Porthmadog in Gwynedd West Wales www.porthmadog.com/


    Greystones is twinned with Hollyhead Anglesey North Wales www.holyhead.org/


    Arklow is twinned with Chateaudun, France

    Otročiněves, Czech Republic

    Laragh / Glendalough is twinned with Laragh / Glendalough