New Residents Association Alliance founded in Bray

A new Residents’ Association alliance, making up for 15 residents associations and groups in Bray, has come together to highlight some of the shared concerns and challenges across the town.

Minister Simon Harris has engaged with the new alliance to take on their concerns and has since written to both the County Council and the Superintendent in Bray Garda Station to pursue issues on their behalf.

Speaking today Minister Harris said: “I’m delighted that Bray Residents’ Associations have come together to form an alliance and have raised the shared issues faced by residents in Bray.

“The top two priorities raised with me by the alliance are traffic and policing. These are two areas of concern I have consistently raised as a local TD for Wicklow and will continue to work on with the Alliance.

“After engaging with the alliance I immediately wrote with the County Council and the Superintendent in Bray Garda Station to follow up on both their priorities and the issues faced by the people of Bray.

“The benefits of having an alliance of Bray Residents’ association are enormous and can foster positive change and action for the community in Bray.

“As the Alliance has already rightly pointed out to me, we cannot solve traffic management and congestion in Wicklow by addressing individual traffic problems.

“The County Council must put in place a more overarching, comprehensive and encompassing plan to solve traffic the town.

Minister Harris added: “As a public representative for the people of Bray I will actively work with the alliance and the County Council so that a robust and solid traffic plan that works for all is put in place.

“Having increased Gardai on the beat is also a top priority in Bray.

“We have got to see more Gardai in our town to make for safer streets and stronger communities.

“We can start making residents of Bray feel in anyway safer is by having a larger presence of visible Gardai on our streets and I’m glad that this week the Department of Justice announced an expansion of the Garda Reserve and plans are underway to recruit more Gardai across the country.

“I have written to the Superintendent in Bray Garda Station again to highlight the need for an increased presence of Gardai and I will continue to work hand in hand with the alliance to raise the critical need for better safety in Bray.

Minister Harris concluded: “I look forward to working closer with the Alliance of Bray Residents and amplifying their voice with representations on their behalf to key stakeholders and organisations in the area.  

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