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Bray Harbour Action Group Formed Over Silt–Up

30th November 2016
Bray Harbour in County Wicklow Bray Harbour in County Wicklow

Clubs and users of Bray Harbour met again last Tuesday night at Bray Head Fishing and Social Club to form the Bray Harbour Action Group to deal with the build up of sand silting up the harbour.

Newly appointed chair of the Bray Harbour Action Group Ger Crowley said “We are at a cross-roads, failure to address the issues affecting the harbour now and in particular the build-up of sand and silt will lead to the real prospect of the harbour becoming an abandoned eyesore. On the other hand if we act now and look to the future we can look forward to a harbour that is a vibrant centre for water based leisure and commercial activity and a magnificent amenity for the people of Bray and beyond.”

Ger continued “We want to work in cooperation and in unison with all stakeholders to achieve a better outcome for all. We have a big programme of work to undertake and we are getting started immediately. We will shortly be seeking a meeting with Public Representatives and Council Officials to outline our serious concerns and explain our objectives”.
Ger is a well- known Bray man, a long time daily user of the harbour in his skiff, round Ireland rower and community activist.

Bray Harbour Action Group has adopted the following objectives:

1. To seek to address the issues, including the build –up of sand and silt, that are causing a real and immediate threat to the future viability of Bray harbour as a centre for water-based leisure and commercial activity.

2. To pursue the achievement of the potential of Bray Harbour as a location of choice for water –based leisure and commercial activity and as a magnificent amenity for all the people of Bray and beyond

Bray Harbour Action Group plans to pursue these objectives by

• Building public awareness re the threats to the harbour and also its potential

• Lobbying for action and support

• Developing and promoting proposals for addressing the threats and for achieving the harbour’s true potential

• Working in cooperation and in unison with other stakeholders

Published in Coastal Notes

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