Wednesday 18 September 2019

Tenders invited to develop harbour plan

Bray Harbour
Bray Harbour

Mary Fogarty

Tenders have been invited to develop a plan to improve and develop the facilities at Bray Harbour.

This is something for which the Bray Harbour Joint Development Committee (BHJDC) has been campaigning since its formation in May 2017.

BHJDC consists of elected members from Bray Municipal District, council officials, and representatives of a wide range of harbour users. The purpose of the group is to maximise the potential of the harbour as a centre for leisure and commercial activity, and as an amenity for all the people.

The tender process, which closes in August, invites tenders from suitably qualified consultants in the marine sector to carry out detailed surveys, report on the options available to protect the harbour from storm conditions, and to look into options to provide additional berthing facilities, including the possibility of providing a short term drop on/drop off berth for a small passenger vessel plying between different harbours within an hour or so of Bray.

The funding for this exploratory work was approved by members of Bray Municipal District Council in 2018.

Speaking after a meeting of BHJDC last Wednesday, Cathaoirleach of Bray Municipal District Cllr Steven Matthews (who is also vice-chairperson of BHJDC) said: 'I am delighted that we are now seeking tenders from consultants to develop detailed plans for our harbour. Bray Harbour is an amenity that most seaside towns would be extremely envious of, and is in urgent need of improvement and development so that we can maximise the potential of this resource for everyone in our community.

'I would like to thank the council officials who have worked so hard to get this far, and look forward to seeing this project move on to the next stage.'

Ger Crowley, chairperson of the Bray Harbour Action Group, whose lobbying led to the formation of the BHJDC, also welcomed the announcement.

'The harbour users who I represent are pleased to note that Wicklow County Council are planning to engage consultants to develop a plan for Bray Harbour,' he said. 'This sadly neglected resource is in urgent need of investment and has the potential to transform Bray into a town which embraces its coastline, instead of turning its back on it.'

Bray People