Floren­tine Cen­tre now ex­pected to fall short with park­ing spa­ces

Bray People - - Bray People -

THE FLOREN­TINE saga con­tin­ues, as re­ports cir­cu­late through­out Bray that Bal­ly­more is ex­pected to only de­liver half of the 290 promised park­ing spa­ces in a week’s time.

Af­ter 13 years of plan­ning dis­as­ters, de­lays and anger on the part of lo­cal traders over park­ing short­ages, a team has been work­ing on the de­vel­op­ment since Au­gust.

De­vel­op­ers had promised that, while they would not pro­ceed with the Floren­tine Cen­tre scheme as planned, they would com­plete 290 park­ing spa­ces by Novem­ber and then pro­ceed with up to two shops with an en­trance on the Main Street.

The fu­ture of even the scaled­down de­vel­op­ment now seems un­cer­tain as it emerges that there was re­port­edly no con­tract in place to seal the deal, but a let­ter and a hand­shake, ac­cord­ing to a source. The al­ter­na­tive pro­posal omit­ted any apart­ments, as well a large por­tion of planned re­tail space. Af­ter a num­ber of false starts, Bal­ly­more fi­nally wrote to Bray Town Coun­cil on July 22 this year, in­form­ing them that the scheme would not pro­ceed in its orig­i­nal form.

Work on the much smaller al­ter­na­tive be­gan in Au­gust, as promised, with de­vel­op­ers hav­ing told Coun­cil of­fi­cials, in writ­ing, that a car-park with 290 spa­ces will be com­plete by Novem­ber 7, and the re­tail el­e­ment with an en­trance on the Main Street will be ready and fit­ted out by May of next year.

At the Thrill the World dance in St Kilian’s School were Brian Whe­lan, Grainne Gal­lagher, Jamie Con­dren, Dar­ragh Quin­lan-Pluck and Sarah Hanratty.

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