Work­shop on Bray Area Lo­cal Plan

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CLLR Joe Be­han called for a sus­pen­sion of stand­ing or­ders at the Bray Mu­nic­i­pal District Meet­ing last Tues­day to dis­cuss the forth­com­ing de­ci­sion on the Bray Lo­cal Area Plan.

The mat­ter is due for dis­cus­sion at Wick­low County Coun­cil on De­cem­ber 4.

‘We only got a copy this morn­ing,’ said Cllr Be­han. ‘We were told in the email we had six weeks to con­sider it, and also told there was a meet­ing to dis­cuss it in four weeks time. I sub­mit that we need the six weeks we are sup­posed to have.’

He said that a lot of peo­ple were in­volved in the process and made sub­mis­sions.

‘ They are en­ti­tled to our re­spect and con­sid­er­a­tion,’ he said.

Cllr Be­han pro­posed that the mat­ter be dis­cussed at the Jan­uary meet­ing of Wick­low County Coun­cil.

Cllr Steven Matthews won­dered if there would be prob­lems if they run into eight weeks.

District Man­ager Des O’Brien said that the law is, if it’s not considered within six weeks the Chief Ex­e­cuitive would be en­ti­tled to make the de­ci­sion him­self. How­ever, he said that the aim was to work to­gether and make the plan col­lab­o­ra­tive.

‘We aren’t go­ing to rail­road you into some­thing you don’t want,’ he said.

Mr O’Brien said that there were a huge num­ber of sub­mis­sions and sug­gested dis­cussing them at work­ship meet­ings. A near-drown­ing was the rea­son be­hind this year’s de­lay in giv­ing the life­guard hut over to a sea swim­ming group.

District En­gi­neer Liam Bourke said that the coun­cil has pro­vided the life­guard hut for the past two years at the north­ern end of the beach.

He said that late last sum­mer there was an in­ci­dent where some­one nearly drowned.

‘Our wa­ter safety of­fi­cer ad­vised that signs go up for­bid­ding swim­ming at that end of the beach,’ he said. The coun­cil asked Ir­ish Wa­ter Safety to as­sess the beach.

‘We thought we would have a re­port at this stage but the only re­port was for the blue flag sec­tion and not that part of the beach,’ said Mr Bourke. ‘We can’t fa­cil­i­tate swim­ming there un­til we can know where we can safely put the hut and what mark­ings we need to put in place. We should have had a

Cllr Pat Vance said that there are a huge amount of sub­mis­sions, but not a huge amount of is­sues.

‘ There are over 2,000 sub­mis­sions on one par­tic­u­lar item,’ he siad.

Cllr Be­han said that work­shops are great for thrash­ing out is­sues, but not for pub­lic ac­count­abil­ity. He won­dered if it would be bet­ter to have them as part of a district meet­ing.

Mr O’Brien said that the work­shops were agreed in an SPC eight years ago in an ef­fort to give mem­bers more in­put at an ear­lier stage. ‘Mem­bers got in at the base­ment to in­flu­ence plans, that was the idea of it.’

Mem­bers agreed to hold a work­shop later this month. re­port by now but we just don’t have it. The hut will be pro­vided, but it’s a ques­tion of where.’

Group mem­bers swim on Bray seafront ev­ery morn­ing and use the hut for chang­ing dur­ing the win­ter months.

Au­drey Collins out­side the hut, which was used by lo­cal swim­mers for chang­ing their clothes, in Jan­uary of this year.

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