Councillor secures new open space community grant

Councillor Rory O’Connor’s proposal for a new community open space grant was accepted at Bray municipal district budget meeting for 2023.

This scheme being proposed is in response to the experience of the broader community for increased use and improvement of their public spaces Immediate to their own residential environment.

The Council would like to invite resident associations who have an interest in exploring the enhancement or functional improvement of these spaces to offer a community space that facilitates pride of place, fosters positive community engagement, cross generational connections young and aged, connectivity with nature, Biodiversity, beautiful planting, trees, may be community gardens, seating areas, play areas, football areas, meeting areas for young and old.  

The Council will assist with funding the development of these spaces to meet the objectives and wishes of the community depending on what form or direction they would like to see them improved, we will advise on technical and horticultural and costing issues where possible, the supportive funding would be match funding of 80% to a maximum of €7000, per area. The total money budgeted by the council for this scheme will be €21,000 and will only apply to non-local authority housing estates. This is due to the council already offering Local authority estate development grants and CCSD to local authority housing estates.

The scheme would be initially on a pilot trial basis for 3 nominated areas in the district Depending on the level of interest and relative enthusiasm for delivering the project by the community. The council will access the success of the scheme with a view to informing other residence associations on best approach and practice going forward with a view of continuing the scheme on a multi annual basis to reach as many willing associations as possible in the future.

Councillor Rory O’Connor said “It’s great to see a scheme like this funded. It will have a huge impact across the whole district at a grassroots level. I think during the height of the pandemic, many of us realised how important our green spaces are and how often they are underdeveloped. This scheme will help develop these areas and create spaces that community groups will be proud of and ignite a whole new level of community spirit. If any residential groups have any ideas, they can reach out to me at

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