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CATHAOIR­LEACH Cllr Christo­pher Fox told mem­bers that res­i­dents of Her­bert Road have asked to come in to a meet­ing with a dep­u­ta­tion re­gard­ing the house, St Paul’s.

The coun­cil is seek­ing to de­mol­ish the re­cently pur­chased prop­erty in or­der to ex­tend the Her­bert Road car park.

A num­ber of res­i­dents are op­posed to the plans.

Pub­lic sub­mis­sions can be made un­til March 2. It is planned to make the de­ci­sion at a meet­ing of Wick­low County Coun­cil on March, and the next meet­ing of Bray Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­trict is sched­uled for March 6.

‘ The tim­ing is against us in this sit­u­a­tion,’ said Cllr Steven Matthews.

Cllr Fox sug­gested that the res­i­dents have a meet­ing and in­vite the mem­bers. ‘ They could pos­si­bly in­vite all 32 coun­cil­lors given that all 32 are mak­ing the de­ci­sion.’

Fol­low­ing the meet­ing, resi- dents’ spokesman Colum Kenny wrote to the Cathaoir­leach and asked that they give a pre­sen­ta­tion at the March meet­ing in any event.

‘We were taken aback... when you in­di­cated that a coun­cil of­fi­cial had then in­formed you that coun­cil of­fi­cials an­tic­i­pate tabling their Part 8 pro­posal re Her­bert Road car-park at the next meet­ing of Wick­low County Coun­cil, which takes place on Mon­day, March 5 – which is the next work­ing day af­ter the clos­ing dead­line for re­sponses un­der the Part 8 con­sul­ta­tion,’ wrote Mr Kenny.

‘As a num­ber of re­sponses are ex­pected to be sub­stan­tial, and a re­sponse from the OIC re ma­te­rial rel­e­vant to at least one of those in­tended re­sponses is be­ing awaited, we can­not see how it would be pos­si­ble for the county man­ager to give the re­sponses due con­sid­er­a­tion or give coun­cil­lors time to as­sess re­sponses and his re­port on them be­fore that meet­ing.’

He said that the group will con­tact all coun­cil­lors in the county be­fore March 5 to ex­plain their po­si­tion. ‘How­ever, we would also like to pro­ceed to make the pre­sen­ta­tion to Bray Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­trict on 6 March be­cause there are mat­ters that tran­scend the par­tic­u­lars of this Part 8 and re­late to ques­tions such as park­ing in Bray which the Part 8 pro­posal goes nowhere near solv­ing, as well as is­sues sur­round­ing ap­pro­pri­ate pro­ce­dures that en­sure best prac­tice in town plan­ning and town de­vel­op­ment in Bray. More­over, if in fact the Part 8 pro­posal is ei­ther not passed or not tabled in Wick­low the pre­vi­ous night then the dis­cus­sion would be even more ger­mane.’

St Paul’s Lodge.

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