Pe­ti­tion to re­zone Dar­gle flood­plane

Bray People - - NEWS - By MARY FOG­A­RTY

MEM­BERS of the group ‘SWAP’ (Safety with Al­ter­na­tive Plan) have cre­ated a pe­ti­tion in re­la­tion to a flood­plain on the old golf links in Bray.

As the Lo­cal Area Plan for Bray & En­vi­rons is to be fi­nalised shortly, they want the lands re­zoned as Open Space.

Sub­mis­sions can be made on the draft area plan un­til Fri­day, Septem­ber 15.

More than 700 peo­ple had signed the change.org on­line pe­ti­tion at the time of go­ing to print.

‘What we are fight­ing for is re­ally top­i­cal at the moment be­cause of the events in Done­gal, Texas, In­dia and Bangladesh, and also be­cause of the 2017 Lo­cal Area Plan. Also, Pizarro De­vel­op­ments went into re­ceiver­ship last April, with plan­ning per­mis­sion still valid on that flood­plain un­til 2020,’ said the group.

They made a sub­mis­sion to the draft plan, ask­ing that 3.48 hectares be re­turned to Open Space zon­ing, but it was dis­missed.

They are now in the process of mak­ing an­other sub­mis­sion to the LAP, to be voted on by the 32 county coun­cil­lors.

They have also asked to be al­lowed to make a pre­sen­ta­tion to all 32 county coun­cil­lors, hav­ing made a pre­sen­ta­tion to the Bray mem­bers last Oc­to­ber.

SWAP said that they have been promised a meet­ing with the re­ceiver when all of Pizarro’s as­sets have been ex­am­ined and they are ask­ing for the state to pur­chase the cor­ri­dor of low-ly­ing flood­plain along the Dar­gle River, to re­tain it as a lin­ear park and play­ing fields.

‘We are a close-knit com­mu­nity, with a high per­cent­age of el­derly and dis­abled peo­ple, who have lived through sev­eral ma­jor floods in Lit­tle Bray, County Wick­low. Yet, in 2005, the 8.6 acre flood­plain that lies be­tween us and the sea – which took those floods from our homes – was zoned for high den­sity build­ing,’ said SWAP.

Plan­ning per­mis­sion was granted to Pizarro in 2010 to build a new town cen­tre.

In 2012, flood de­fence works were com­menced along the river at a cost of over €40m.

‘We are very grate­ful for them – but flood de­fences can fail. If they do, we will need our flood­plain more than ever to take away the flood waters that will then be on our side of the de­fence walls,’ said SWAP.

‘Our 12 year cam­paign to stop de­vel­op­ment on this flood­plain has now one last chance to suc­ceed.

The draft lo­cal area plan is avail­able at Bray Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­trict of­fices, Civic Cen­tre, Bray, Wick­low County Coun­cil build­ings, pub­lic li­braries at Eglin­ton Road and Boghall Road, and on Wick­low.ie.

Sub­mis­sions can be made in writ­ing to Ad­min­is­tra­tive Of­fi­cer, Plan­ning Sec­tion, Wick­low County Coun­cil, Sta­tion Road, Wick­low Town, or by email to plan­re­view@wick­low­coco.ie.

Flood­ing on the golf club lands in Oc­to­ber 2015.

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