‘Eye­sore’ seafront must be im­proved


Bray People - - COUNCIL REPORT -

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.’

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