De­mo­li­tion be­gins of un­sightly Daw­son’s amuse­ments build­ing


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DE­MO­LI­TION works have be­gun on the old Daw­son's amuse­ments build­ing on Bray seafront. Bray Town Coun­cil gave per­mis­sion last year for the de­mo­li­tion of the un­sightly build­ing and the in­stal­la­tion of 130 park­ing spa­ces.

This comes some years af­ter plans to de­velop a ‘Riviera' style project along the seafront strip.

Ac­cord­ing to ar­chi­tect Brian O'Don­nell, the econ­omy in­ter­vened to shelve those plans for the time be­ing.

He said that own­ers Brian and Gerry Freeney are keen to do some­thing pos­i­tive with the site pend­ing a proper re-devel­op­ment. ‘A func­tion­ing car park will be far prefer­able to a di­lap­i­dated hoarded up build­ing,' he said.

The new ap­pli­ca­tion was made to Bray Town Coun­cil in Jan­uary 2012.

The works to re­move the build­ing will take a num­ber of weeks to com­plete. The build- ing was erected in the 1980s amid con­tro­versy due to its ap­pear­ance and its prox­im­ity to Bray Head.

Other plans to build apart­ments on the site have been shelved.

‘While ev­ery­one will be happy to see the back of the un­sightly struc­ture, one must bear in mind the amount of em­ploy­ment it did pro­vide over the years, par­tic­u­larly to young stu­dents dur­ing the sum­mer months,' said Cllr John Brady. ‘ This really is the end of an era for many rea­sons.'

■ The Daw­son’s amuse­ments build­ing, which will be

re­moved and re­placed with 130 park­ing spa­ces.

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