Sinn Féin TD for Wicklow/East Carlow John Brady TD has renewed his call for no development to go ahead on the River Dargle floodplain on the Old Bray Golf Course in Little Bray.
Teachta Brady said:
“It was confirmed last week that Pizarro, the company involved in the proposed high density development of a new town centre on the floodplain in Little Bray have gone into receivership.
“This now provides an opportunity for common sense to prevail in this ongoing saga which has left community group, SWAP working tirelessly to resist any such development for years.
“It is important to say that this community group are not opposed to development in the area they simply want the high density development to be built on the higher ground away from the floodplain at the same site.
“I have been working with SWAP for many years and I know the unbelievable work they have done and continue to do to ensure that the floodplain is protected and no development goes ahead. SWAP were the very first community group I welcomed into Leinster House since my election, and I commend them all for all of their work for their community.
“As the Old Bray Golf Course lands are in NAMA ownership it adds to the uncertainty as to what will happen next now that Pizarro is in receivership.
“Having said that, I want to re-iterate my call to ensure that no development goes ahead on this floodplain and it is protected.
“There should be no development of any kind on a floodplain, it is madness and it should never have been an option in the first place.
“This area has experienced extensive flooding in the past, it is an area with an older population and we must ensure that they are respected and that big business will not be put before this community.”