Al­most €7m in levies from old Bray Town Coun­cil in the bank

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Close to €7 mil­lion in devel­op­ment levies from the ac­counts of the old Bray Town Coun­cil are ring-fenced for Bray.

Di­rec­tor of Ser­vices, Des O’Brien, pro­vided the last Wicklow County Coun­cil meet­ing with a break-down of the Devel­op­ment Con­tri­bu­tion Scheme con­tri­bu­tions un­der the for­mer Bray Town Coun­cil, as re­quested by Cllr Joe Be­han.

The In­de­pen­dent Coun­cil­lor from Bray felt the monies could be spent to carry out im­prove­ment works in the area.

‘Bray has nearly €7 mil­lion in the bank for work to be done. I am sure there are other levies from around the county and that money is not be­ing spent ei­ther. Spend­ing some of the money would also in­tro­duce stim­u­lus into the Wicklow econ­omy. It would also help ad­dress some of the cap­i­tal re­quire­ments is­sues we have. For in­stance, in Bray the road sur­fac­ing in cer­tain es­tates has col­lapsed and there is no money to do any­thing.

‘ The levy scheme would help. We know Bray has €7 mil­lion so how much does the rest of the county have?’

How­ever, Mr O’Brien, ad­vised the coun­cil mem­bers that, legally, they weren’t en­ti­tled to use money from the Devel­op­ment Con­tri­bu­tion Scheme to carry out road resur­fac­ing or foot­path works.

‘ The levy scheme is not gen­eral money the mem­bers have ex­pres­sion on. You can’t say that resur­fac­ing roads in hous­ing es­tates is go­ing to fa­cil­i­tate devel­op­ment. Legally you [the elected mem­bers] are re­stricted from do­ing it.’

Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Bryan Doyle ad­vised that Wicklow County Coun­cil had re­ceived very lit­tle in devel­op­ment levies over the past few years be­cause of the lack of build­ing tak­ing place. How­ever, he ex­pected to see more levies com­ing on stream in the fu­ture due to a num­ber of hous­ing schemes cur­rently un­der devel­op­ment.

Cllr Derek Mitchell said re­duc­ing devel­op­ment con­tri­bu­tions three years ago was a mis­take.

‘I was against half­ing the levies and I would like to see them in­creased to pro­vide in­fra­struc­ture. There are a num­ber of houses be­ing built in Grey­stones and the traf­fic is ter­ri­ble al­ready. We can’t keep ex­pand­ing towns with­out in­creas­ing the in­fra­struc­ture, es­pe­cially roads.’

Cllr Joe Be­han.

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