Beach Bear ‘in wrong place and too scary’

MALONEY SAYS SEV­ERAL HAVE AL­READY COM­PLAINED

Bray People - - COUNCIL REPORT -

CON­CERN over the con­tro­ver­sial Beach Bear on Grey­stones' prom­e­nade was aired at last Tues­day's Grey­stones Town Coun­cil meet­ing.

In the build up to the meet­ing, the coun­cil had re­ceived a num­ber of letters of com­plaint from lo­cal res­i­dents about the statue.

These com­plaints fo­cussed on its fear­some ap­pear­ance – which some res­i­dents be­lieved was in­tim­i­dat­ing to young chil­dren – as well as the po­ten­tial dan­ger in­her­ent in chil­dren climb­ing on the statue and its lo­ca­tion within an area of ar­chi­tec­tural con­ser­va­tion.

Cllr Chris Maloney claimed to have been con­tacted by lo­cals who were less than en­am­oured with the Beach Bear.

‘I've got­ten nu­mer­ous phone calls from res­i­dents say­ing the bear is in the wrong place – that it should be in a pub­lic park,' he said.

‘It is a dan­ger, as chil­dren are swing­ing from it and play­ing on it and could fall off. A lot of small chil­dren are also scared of it. We should look at mov­ing it to a more ap­pro­pri­ate area – a lot of res­i­dents of the town are very up­set over it.'

Mayor Stephen Stokes – who said he likes the statue it­self – con­curred that it could be moved to a more suit­able lo­ca­tion.

Area En­gi­neer Eoin Hes­lin con­firmed that the statue had been built site-spe­cific.

The Beach Bear was un­veiled ear­lier in the month, hav­ing been cre­ated as a me­mo­rial to lo­cal woman Caro­line DwyerHickey who passed away last year.

At the re­cent un­veil­ing of the Beach Bear sculp­ture on Grey­stones Seafront were Brendan Hickey, Der­mot and He­len Dwyer, Colum O'Broin, Marie McCooey and David O'Reilly of Grey­stones Tidy Towns and sculp­tor Patrick O'Reilly.

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