Wicklow Sinn Féin TD John Brady has expressed concern at the condition of the former Anvil store on Main Street Bray. The building which has been derelict for a number of years, had been sold, and planning permission was granted in May of last year for fifteen apartments and commercial and retail space on the site.
It now appears to be on the market once again. In the meantime, it represents an eye sore and a potential danger to passers-by, with store frontage and signage in a dangerous state of repair, and in danger of falling on pedestrians. Concerns have also been raised by members of the public that the building is being used as a drug den by users in the town.
“Without reverting to demonising language or painting the Main Street in a bad light, it is important that these concerns are addressed by the appropriate bodies.
The reality is that members of the public have observed drug users entering the building and are aware that it is being used for the taking of drugs.
The immediate concern is that the building in its current state represents a danger to both pedestrians who might be passing by, but also, and in particular those who would illegally enter the building for whatever reason.
I have contacted Wicklow County Council and asked that action be taken under the Derelict Sites Act. It is important that this derelict site be made safe, secure, and presentable as soon as possible.
It is also a truth that our Main Street in the town is very much akin to the front door to Bray, it impacts on visitors, on shoppers, and on investors. There is a responsibility to businesses in the town to make the experiencing of and investing in business as attractive as possible.
I would ask the Council to act with haste to ensure the safety of members of the public, and to protect existing businesses in the area.”