De­vel­oper’s ac­cu­sa­tion is re­futed by Coun­cil of­fi­cial

Bray People - - News -

CLAIMS that a Coun­cil of­fi­cial told a de­vel­oper there was a 99.5 per cent chance that a pro­posed draft lo­cal area plan would be voted in have been re­futed at a meet­ing of Wick­low County Coun­cil.

The mat­ter was raised on Mon­day when it emerged that mem­bers had re­ceived a copy of a let­ter sent by the de­vel­oper to their le­gal team ask­ing that the mat­ter be in­ves­ti­gated.

It was al­leged that the of­fi­cial met with the de­vel­oper, a landowner, and a mem­ber of Wick­low County Coun­cil at a Dublin ho­tel, and said that he was ‘al­most 100 per cent cer­tain’ that if the de­vel­oper was to pur­chase the land from the landowner, that his in­vest­ment would be se­cure when the plan in­clud­ing th­ese zoned lands were adopted.

When the is­sue was raised on Mon­day, Di­rec­tor of Ser­vices Des O’Brien told mem­bers that he has spo­ken to the of­fi­cial and that he was con­fi­dent no such as­sur­ances were made. He told mem­bers that he had no rea­son to doubt the mem­ber of staff and that it was very un­fair for him to have to put up with such al­le­ga­tions.

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