‘Eyesore’ seafront must be improved
RESIDENTS UNSURE ABOUT DEVELOPMENT PLANS
BRAY’S SEAFRONT needs urgent revitalisation but the current proposals to upgrade the Dawson’s Amusement site is not the way forward, according to local councillors.
At last week’s meeting of Bray Town Council Cllr. David Grant said that he welcomed the development on the site saying that from the council’s point of view it was the first positive application before them in a long time.
He said, ‘This type of development is welcome in the town. I know the residents have reservations, as I have reservations, but there is no reason why these can’t be addressed to make the scheme more acceptable. The site is right beside a site we have currently designated as an opportunity site and I would be hopeful that the seafront might see more ambitious plans like these.
‘Yes it is going to change what is there but that is well past its expiry date. What will be put there has to be something that will contribute to the town. It’s a good development.
‘Yes there are reservations but I believe these can be addressed. If we are going to attract these types of developments we should be sending out a positive mes- sage.’ However, Cllr. O’Brien said that while he agreed the current site was a monstrosity ‘what is proposed is an even bigger monstrosity’.
An eleven-storey development would see the best prom in Ireland with the backdrop of Bray Head destroyed.
‘From a tourist point of view, that come into Bray to walk the prom because of the view, this would destroy it. I want to see rejuvenation of the prom but this is not the way forward.
‘We have a standard fourstorey development there. Yes we can offer higher density but not eleven storeys. We would create a precedent and we wouldn’t be able to refuse other developers.’
Cllr. Pat Vance said that no development had taken place on the seafront for many years and while he didn’t think the current planning application was perfect, as it was ‘far too high’, something needed to be done at the seafront.
‘The seafront has stagnated for a long number of years and I think we need to have a look at it. I don’t think we should kick this out. It is a start. The sea front is a wonderful facility but we have to look at why it is not being developed and we have to offer incentives to developers in a proper manner.’
Cllr. Eugene Finnegan paid tribute to the developers saying they had provided employment in Bray for a number of years.
‘I would urge the council to work with the developers and come up with a development that is attractive to them and to improve the seafront. We should work very hard to ensure that something comes of this proposal.’
Cllr. Ronan McManus said that while he welcomed the development it needed to be scaled down. ‘The residents won’t stand for it at the moment and neither will I.’
Cllr. John Brady said that the current development on the site was ‘an eyesore’ and said the application was ‘a brave and bold application in light of the situation we are in’.
Cllr. John Ryan said that the seafront needed to be reviewed in a bid to improve it and said that it was good to see that the developer had confidence in Bray. ‘I think the developer should work with the residents. They are being reasonable and are not against the development but are worried about certain aspects.’