New Bray shopping centre unlikely to open for Christmas, Wicklow Councillor suggests

The development of a new shopping centre in Bray, which was due to open in 2020, looks unlikely to be open for Christmas according to Councillor Joe Behan.

Speaking to East Coast FM’s Morning Show yesterday, Wicklow Councillor for Bray Municipal District Joe Behan said work appears to have stalled once again, with no indication of when the project will be completed.

“At recent meetings, I’ve been told its basically all down to Covid. Difficulty getting workers, difficulty getting workers, difficulty with health and safety, with social distancing etc,” Cllr. Behan said. “I’m concerned that we’re heading into another winter, will it be open or not for Christmas? It doesn’t look like it to me unfortunately.”

Planning permission for the development was granted to Wicklow County Council by An Bord Pleanala in 2017, for a 13000mretail and cinema development at the heart of Bray’s Main Street.  The development is estimated to cost €24M.