A ‘FINE BUILD­ING’ IS PLOUGHED DOWN

OLD SCHER­ING PLOUGH PLANT IS DE­MOL­ISHED

Bray People - - NEWS - MARY FOG­A­RTY

THE SCHER­ING PLOUGH site on Bray’s Boghall Road has been de­mol­ished, al­most two years af­ter its clo­sure.

This is amid calls for the va­cant AO Smith site nearby to be se­cured af­ter a re­cent fire on that premises.

Cllr. Eu­gene Fin­negan said that the de­mo­li­tion of the for­mer Scher­ing Plough was sad news, call­ing it a ‘fine build­ing.’

The own­ers of the build­ing and grounds sought per­mis­sion for the de­mo­li­tion last Oc­to­ber. While it was granted that De­cem­ber, coun­cil­lors had mixed feel­ings about the ap­pli­ca­tion. Some felt that a big­ger ef­fort should have been made to find a ten­ant.

The de­mo­li­tion in­cluded ware­house and man­u­fac­tur­ing build­ings that cov­ered 9,055 square me­tres, por­ta­cabin of­fices of 210 square me­tres, lab­o­ra­tory build­ings, a waste wa­ter treat­ment plant and some stor­age.

A new boundary fence on the Boghall Road frontage was in­cluded with the land to be soft land­scaped.

The fac­tory ceased op­er­a­tions mak­ing vet­eri­nary prod­ucts in Bray in Novem­ber 2012 with the loss of 240 jobs there. It had op­er­ated in the town for more than 20 years at that time.

The phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal gi­ant was ac­quired by the com­pany Merck in the months prior to the an­nounce­ment which was made in 2009.

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