Wicklow County Council last week (Wednesday 29 January) signed a contract for a study of Bray Harbour with consultants RPS Group.
The project requires the consultants to carry out detailed surveys, and report on the options available to protect the harbour from storm conditions.
They are also charged with looking into options to provide additional berthing facilities, including the possibility of providing a short-term drop on/drop off berth for a small passenger vessel plying between different harbours within an hour or so of Bray.
The funding for this exploratory work was approved by members of Bray Municipal District Council in 2018. That plan involves restoration of the south harbour wall to its pre-1957 state, before the collapse of the pier end and lighthouse, as well as providing a deep water channel.
Bray MD Cathaoirleach Steven Matthews said: “I am delighted that we have now engaged RPS Group to develop detailed plans for our harbour.
“Bray Harbour is an amenity that most seaside towns would be extremely envious of and is in urgent need of improvement and development so that we can maximise the potential of this resource for everyone in our community.
“I would like to thank the council officials who have worked so hard to get this far and look forward to seeing this project move on to the next stage.”