Con­cern over Del­gany plan

ONE-WAY STREET PRO­POSED

Bray People - - NEWS - MARY FOG­A­RTY

A MEET­ING re­gard­ing pro­posed road plans for Del­gany will take place to­mor­row ( Wed­nes­day) at the Horse and Hound at 8 p.m.

Far­relly’s butch­ers in Del­gany has said that the in­tro­duc­tion of a one-way sys­tem would be a ham­mer blow to busi­ness from which it might not re­cover.

How­ever, it emerged at an ini­tial meet­ing with the busi­ness com­mu­nity and Del­gany Com­mu­nity Coun­cil last week that there are other op­tions avail­able, in­clud­ing park­ing on both sides of the street in the vil­lage.

‘Our shop has been here since 1958, we were born here, we grew up here, Del­gany is and al­ways will be our home. Since we were kids we have seen Del­gany change im­mensely with the build­ing of houses and de­vel­op­ment of lands we used to play in as kids,’ said the lo­cal butch­ers in a state­ment. ‘We have fought through nu­mer­ous hard times and re­ces­sions in our time here, yet we fear this could be the one which closes our doors for good.’

They said that four sep­a­rate house­holds rely on the shop as their sole source of in­come.

Plans for a one-way sys­tem in the vil­lage are among a num­ber of drafts pre­pared by Wick­low County Coun­cil.

Anthony Far­relly of Far­relly’s butch­ers said that the ini­tial meet­ing was ‘very cor­dial’ and this week’s fol­low-up is an in­for­ma­tion ses­sion for the en­tire com­mu­nity. He added that what­ever works may emerge will not be­gin un­til next sum­mer at the ear­li­est.

Cllr Grainne McLough­lin said: ‘I gave the plans to the com­mu­nity coun­cil to re­view and for them to dis­cuss with res­i­dents, busi­ness in­ter­ests and the gen­eral com­mu­nity. They re­verted to me and the coun­cil to state that there was a pref­er­ence in a one-way sys­tem.’

Cllr McLough­lin said noth­ing has been ap­proved or passed and a ‘full and vig­or­ous’ pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod will hap­pen be­fore any­thing gets ap­proval.

Elec­tion can­di­date Ian McGa­hon said that he is con­cerned about the pro­pos­als. He said that lo­cal res­i­dents and businesses have not been con­sulted.

Robin Far­relly, Anthony Far­relly, Keith Grant and Padraig Far­relly of Far­relly’s Butch­ers.

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