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Bray councillors agree increased budget for 2023


Sidmonton Park in Bray.

Sidmonton Park in Bray.

Footpath works.

Footpath works.


Sidmonton Park in Bray.


Bray Municipal District Council voted to accept the Draft Budgetary Plan for next year for the Municipal District at its November meeting.

The amount of €277,000 was adjusted to a new total of €279,596 (that includes an amount for civic receptions). The vote in favour of the motion was a formality as the second step in a four step budgetary process that will see the municipal district’s coffers replenished for use in the new year.

The amount allocated by Wicklow County Council is reflective of Bray’s size, with smaller districts like Greystones, Arklow and Baltinglass set to receive €210,000 each. The money is then allocated to projects as they arise at the sole discretion of the elected councillors through consensus.

Following the vote, the meeting was given an update on the current 2022 discretionary budget spend. Footpath works completed in 2022 totalled 59 individual projects. The meeting was given an update on its Bray Head public realm plan. An ecologist has been hired to prepare a conservation management plan for the headland. The ecologist is also being engaged to to prepare an appropriate assessment screening report for the trial proposals at Raheen park (the outline proposals were presented to the Special Amenity Area Order committee).

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A separate consultant has bee engaged to prepare a ‘NeighbourWood’ scheme plan for Bray Head with a view to applying more funding. A draft plan for the scheme has been prepared and will be updated once the Conservation Management plan is prepared.

The fund facilitated the purchase and installation of defibrillators on the Cliff Walk and at Fassaroe Community Centre. CPR dummies were also bought through the fund.

Also funded were improvement works at Failte Park, the provision of litter bins on the Southern Cross Road and the purchase of Pride flags. There was a contribution to Enniskerry Christmas Lights and the installation of an electric car charger in Bog Meadow (that has not been made operational yet. A potential change in electricity supplier to the EV charge point from ESB to a private supplier is ongoing). The meeting was also told that funds were allocated to replace the 30 year old seating at Sidmonton Park.