Own­ers want to re­move old mill


Bray People - - NEWS FOCUS -

PER­MIS­SION is be­ing sought for the de­struc­tion and re­moval of the old Mill on Mill Road in Greystones.

The ap­pli­ca­tion was made by own­ers last month and a de­ci­sion is due in Fe­bru­ary.

They want to re­place the struc­ture with a two-story re­tail build­ing with shops on the ground floor and of­fices on the first floor.

The build­ing was built in 1837 as a corn mill.

Plan­ning per­mis­sion has al­ready been granted on a pre­vi­ous oc­ca­sion for the devel­op­ment of a pri­mary re­tail fa­cil­ity at the site. How­ever it was stated that the old Mill must be re­tained as part of any devel­op­ment.

Deputy Simon Har­ris was among those to ob­ject to the plans. He said that the Mill is of sig­nif­i­cant his­tor­i­cal value to the town and a recog­nis­able fea­ture of the town for many res­i­dents.

While the new ap­pli­ca­tion claims that the Mill struc­ture is not safe, Deputy Har­ris has called for an in­de­pen­dent ex­pert report on the mat­ter.

'It is im­por­tant to note that the com­mu­nity in large num­bers chose not to ob­ject to pre­vi­ous plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tions to de­velop this site be­cause such ap­pli­ca­tions planned to re­tain the Mill struc­ture,' said Deputy Har­ris. 'It is most dis­ap­point­ing that now, af­ter per­mis­sion be­ing given to de­velop the site, fur­ther per­mis­sion is be­ing sought to re­move the his­tor­i­cal struc­ture from the site.'

He added that there is wildlife liv­ing in the Mill in­clud­ing nest­ing barn owls, as well as ma­ture trees on the site.

■ The Old Mill at Greystones.

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