Hoard­ing comes down at long last

MON­U­MENT TO AIL­ING ECON­OMY WILL BE DOWN BY NEXT MONTH

Bray People - - front page - Mary FOG­A­RTY

THE UGLY hoard­ing on Bray’s Main Street will soon be a thing of the past ac­cord­ing to Floren­tine de­vel­op­ers Bal­ly­more, who be­gan work on Mon­day to take down the con­tro­ver­sial struc­ture.

The de­vel­op­ers ap­proached Bray Town Coun­cil last year with a much smaller op­tion in­clud­ing two re­tail out­lets, which now hang in the bal­ance as they con­tinue to try to raise the fi­nance.

They also made a prom­ise at a meet­ing of Bray Town Coun­cil in late July that work to re­move the hoard­ing would be­gin on Septem­ber 14 and be com­plete by Oc­to­ber be­fore the start of the Christ­mas shop­ping pe­riod.

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UGLY HOARD­ING on Bray’s Main Street will be gone by next month, ac­cord­ing to de­vel­op­ers Bal­ly­more, who be­gan work on Mon­day to take down the con­tro­ver­sial struc­ture. The mon­u­ment to a de­te­ri­o­rat­ing econ­omy was erected sev­eral years ago and the pro­posed Floren­tine Cen­tre de­vel­op­ment has since been aban­doned.

De­vel­op­ers ap­proached Bray Town Coun­cil last year with a much smaller op­tion in­clud­ing two re­tail out­lets, which now hang in the bal­ance as they con­tinue to try to raise the fi­nance.

They made a prom­ise at a meet­ing of Bray Town Coun­cil in late July that work to re­move the hoard­ing would be­gin on Septem­ber 14 and be com­plete by Oc­to­ber be­fore the start of the Christ­mas shop­ping pe­riod.

Other works will in­clude the restora­tion of the path­way to the front. The scaf­fold­ing will be placed on the other side of the fa­cade. Brian Clarke of Bal­ly­more Prop­er­ties told the coun­cil that the com­ple­tion of two pro­posed units on the site de­pends on get­ting fund­ing and ten­ants.

That work has be­gun to take down the struc­ture has been met with re­lief, par­tic­u­larly from Cathaoir­leach John Ryan who met with de­vel­op­ers in July to bro­ker a deal.

Sinn Fein Coun­cil­lor John Brady was on site to wel­come Bal­ly­more prop­er­ties and to ‘wit­ness them clean up their 13-year-old mess.’

He said that their turn­ing up on Mon­day to re­move the ‘metal eye­sore,’ was ‘the first com­mit­ment given to the coun­cil they have ac­tu­ally hon­oured.

Crit­i­cis­ing Bal­ly­more for its role in Bray over the past 13 years, he, how­ever, wel­comed their pres­ence, and now hopes the va­cant Dixon’s cafe ad­ja­cent to the site will be re­fur­bished and re-let. ‘At least that is what Bal­ly­more is say­ing,’ he said, be­fore pre­dict­ing the ap­pear­ance of a for-sale sign at the site. ‘This is not the end of the Bal­ly­more saga in Bray.’

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