The new Bray Central Development on Bray Main Street has been long awaited. During the construction, the town suffered a lack of parking but the sentiment remained that the wait would be worth it. Indeed some retailers who would have enjoyed a huge benefit from being in the vicinity of a new town centre just couldn’t hold on any longer and had to close their doors.
Although Bray Central has technically opened, there are currently a very limited number of units filled and doing business. Unsurprisingly, the community of Bray and surrounds were shocked to see a planning notice appear on the centre last week. The notice outlines that permission has been sought for 25 apartment units at the site.
As social media commentary grew and speculation took hold, Cllr. Erika Doyle took to social media in an attempt to clarify matters and put minds at ease as to what was actually happening:
“I want to reassure people that the proposed apartments are for the upper floors of two sides of the centre. The cinema, bowling alley and shops are still going ahead. Two anchor units have signed contracts in recent weeks and will announce soon. The bowling alley and cinema will begin fit out in the new year. Many of the retail units are in the final stages of legal works and will be occupying their units early in the new year.”
With rumours of the 2018 sale of the Florentine site to Navybrook Ltd. another of Paddy McKillen’s businesses being subject to the delivery of a commercial centre by the end of 2019, one would wonder what penalties may have been applied in response to the breach of agreement?