Ques­tions on Floren­tine site an­swered

Bray People - - NEWS -

ON­GO­ING ques­tions about the sale price of the Floren­tine site are like ‘ground­hog day’, ac­cord­ing to Cllr John Ryan.

Cllr Bren­dan Thorn­hill raised the mat­ter last Tues­day evening at a meet­ing of Bray Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­trict.

The dis­posal was agreed re­cently at a full meet­ing of Wick­low County Coun­cil, for €2.6 mil­lion.

Dis­trict Man­ager Des O’Brien ex­plained that a pur­pose of striv­ing to get the Floren­tine Cen­tre built was to bring vi­tal­ity back to the town of Bray.

He said that the cen­tre had been iden­ti­fied con­tin­u­ously as a high pri­or­ity in the Eco­nomic Think Tank among other en­gage­ments.

Houses on Eglin­ton Road, which bor­ders the site, were al­ready run down when the coun­cil ac­quired them.

‘One has no ground floor. There is dry rot in all of them,’ he said. ‘We didn’t do any­thing with them. We re­paired roofs and took down a dan­ger­ous chim­ney. The houses were se­cured with no real de­te­ri­o­ra­tion,’ said Mr O’Brien.

He said that the site might well have been worth more than the agreed price. ‘We weren’t sell­ing a car park or a site to the high­est bid­der,’ said Mr O’Brien. ‘Some­one had to pro­vide a shop­ping cen­tre and within a lim­ited time,’ he said. ‘I thought it was clear at this stage.’

Cllr Pat Vance said that this had al­ready been dis­cussed at Wick­low County Coun­cil. ‘29 out of 32 coun­cil­lors voted for this,’ he said.

‘ The de­ci­sion has been made,’ said Cllr John Ryan. ‘I have to com­mend the di­rec­tor for his pa­tience and the re­laxed way he an­swered the ques­tion. I can tell you if I was in your po­si­tion I wouldn’t be that pa­tient.

‘ This is ground­hog day,’ said Cllr Ryan. ‘Ask­ing the same ques­tion and wast­ing time. The town needs to move for­ward. This project will be the mak­ing of this town,’

Cllr Thorn­hill agreed and said that the time has come to get this done. ‘I’m a pub­lic rep­re­sen­ta­tive and peo­ple want to see open­ness.’

Plans for the forth­com­ing Floren­tine Cen­tre.

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