Pub­lic up­roar at head shop re­lo­ca­tion to Main Street

LE­GAL DRUG SHOP NIR­VANA BUSI­NESS MOVES FROM CUR­RENT AR­CADE SITE

Bray People - - News - Mary FOG­A­RTY

PROTEST­ING traders and res­i­dents in Bray are ‘ve­he­mently op­posed’ to the re­lo­ca­tion of the so-called ‘head shop’ Nir­vana on to the Main Street from its cur­rent lo­ca­tion in the Ar­cade.

‘There is a lot of deep-seated and deep-rooted anger among the re­tail­ers,’ said one pro­pri­etor op­er­at­ing a busi­ness on the Main Street. ‘It will de­tract from a town not far from be­ing on its last legs.’

The busi­ness will be mov­ing in to the shop for­merly oc­cu­pied by Mitchell Quinn auc­tion­eers.

‘We have re­ceived a num­ber of rep­re­sen­ta­tions from in­di­vid­u­als and groups op­posed to the shop,’ said Eu­gene Fin­negan, Pres­i­dent of Bray Cham­ber.

‘The shop doesn’t meet with gen­eral ap­proval of the peo­ple. We would have pre­ferred a more up-mar­ket busi­ness, more in keep­ing with the gen­eral in­ter­ests of the town. It is per­fectly le­gal how­ever, and op­er­at­ing within the law. Our hands are tied.’

The open­ing of Nir­vana last March, sell­ing what the own­ers call ‘herbal highs’ caused a great deal of con­tro­versy from both res­i­dents of Bray and lo­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

As well as a herbal al­ter­na­tive to cannabis, smok­ing para­pher­na­lia and books on how to grow the plants, the shop sells BZP or ‘herbal ec­stasy,’ a prod­uct that is ex­pected to be made il­le­gal in Ire­land at some point next year.

BZP is al­ready out­lawed in many parts of the world in­clud­ing the US, Aus­tralia, New Zealand and a num­ber of Euro­pean coun­tries.

‘There is enough of a prob­lem with drugs in Bray as it is,’ said one lo­cal fa­ther. ‘It’s ex­is­tence in the town is send­ing out all the wrong mes­sages to young peo­ple and the Main Street is strug­gling at the mo­ment with com­pe­ti­tion from the likes of Dun­drum. I don’t think this type of shop is go­ing to help.’

An­gry re­tail­ers have writ­ten to the owner of the premises, who had at time of go­ing to press failed to re­spond, ask­ing a num­ber of ques­tions re­gard­ing the new ten­ant.

‘Why bring a head shop on to Bray’s Main Street? They asked. ‘And why risk pub­lic and peer op­pro­brium, which could re­sult in you and yours be­com­ing so­cial pari­ahs with on­go­ing harm­ful busi­ness ef­fects?’

Of­fi­cials have said that there may well be a plan­ning is­sue at­tached to the change of use on this par­tic­u­lar premises, but no ap­pli­ca­tion has been re­ceived as yet.

The Nir­vana Head Shop on the Main Street.

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