Judges take a good look at Grey­stones

Bray People - - NEWS - By MARY FOG­A­RTY

ALL that Grey­stones has to of­fer and what makes the town spe­cial were de­tailed to the judges for the Bank of Ire­land En­ter­pris­ing Town Awards at a spe­cial pre­sen­ta­tion in the Whale The­atre last week.

The three judges ar­rived to a full house of the lo­cal com­mu­nity rep­re­sent­ing busi­ness in­ter­ests, com­mu­nity groups, res­i­dents and mem­bers of the re­cently formed group, Grey­stones 2020. The judges were wel­comed by Cllr Gerry Walsh, Cathaoir­leach of Grey­stones Mu­nic­i­pal District.

The Chair­per­son of Grey­stones 2020, Cllr Gráinne McLough­lin led a team rep­re­sent­ing Grey­stones 2020, with par­tic­i­pa­tion from Stephen Flynn of the Happy Pear; Paul Byrne from Grey­stones Guide; Ge­orge Jones from the La Touche Legacy; and Alan Gaines from Sherry Fitzger­ald.

The com­bined team de­liv­ered an ex­cel­lent pre­sen­ta­tion on Grey­stones with the pas­sion and com­mit­ment of the speak­ers mak­ing a real im­pact on the judges.

The judges com­mented that ev­ery as­pect of the cri­te­ria was de­vel­oped and they were hugely im­pressed that Grey­stones had in­cluded a group of young en­trepreneurs who have won na­tional awards.

Fol­low­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion, the judges were brought through the the­atre lane, pick­ing up a bus that brought them through the town with an op­por­tu­nity to view all the fa­cil­i­ties Grey­stones has to of­fer and a walk along Church Road with its many bustling shops and restau­rants.

Cllr McLough­lin said: ‘Grey­stones has the low­est va­cancy rate in Ire­land of any town and we were de­lighted to show the judges that whilst some shops were tran­si­tion­ing to new ten­ants, there is a pol­icy amongst own­ers of re­tail out­lets to al­low them to be used as pop-up shops.’

Fin­ish­ing at the new Ma­rina, the judges were ex­cited to see the har­bour, the ma­rina it­self and the world­class clubs and fa­cil­i­ties de­liv­ered as part of the de­vel­op­ment.

The vis­i­tors and their hosts were wel­comed into the Ridge An­gling Club for re­fresh­ments.

The judges’ visit con­cluded on a very pos­i­tive note, they left very im­pressed by all they saw in the morn­ing and by the en­thu­si­asm of the par­tic­i­pants and au­di­ence.

‘Hav­ing pre­vi­ously won the World LivCom award for the most Liv­able Place in the World un­der a pop­u­la­tion of 16,000, Grey­stones has been able to show the judges that it is a vi­brant, en­ter­pris­ing town with a com­mu­nity that is com­mit­ted to the pros­per­ity of the town and none more so than the mem­bers of Grey­stones 2020,’ said Cllr McLough­lin.

Cllr Grainne McLough­lin

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