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Below you will find a full list of Councillors for the Bray Municipal District. Please call, email, or drop into as many of them as you can and ask them to vote to return the floodplain on the old Bray Golf Club lands to their original safe Open Space zoning in the upcoming Local Area Development Plan for the Bray Municipal District.

Beneath the list of councillors you will find template emails (or letters) to help you put our argument across. There is one template for residents of Little Bray and another for those who are generous enough to support us, even though they live outside the floodplain.

Councillors are expected to receive a report on submissions made for the Draft Development Plan around the end of April, so the time to act is NOW! Please take the time to do so in your busy life as every call counts. People Power can put an end to a campaign we have fought for twelve years todate.

We will need to contact the rest of Wicklow County Councillors before the final Development Plan is passed, but, for now, these are the most important people to persuade...

  Save Our Floodplain on photo of flooded Golf Course Lands

Our Floodplain in Full Flood

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Councillors for Bray Municipal District

Joe Behan (Independent)
55 Richmond Park
Bray.
Phone: 01 2868125.
Mobile: 086 8375602.
Email: joebehan@outlook.ie

  Cllr. Joe Behan, Independent

Cllr. Joe Behan, Independent

 
 

Christopher Fox (Independent)
Leas Cathaoirleach of Bray Municipal District
Calary Lower
Kilmacanogue
Bray
Mobile: 086 8374765
Email: CRFox@wicklowcoco.ie

  Cllr. Christopher Fox, Independent, Leas Cathaoirleach of Bray Municipal District

Cllr. Christopher Fox, Independent
Leas Cathaoirleach of Bray Municipal District

 
 

Steven Matthews (Green Party)
Cathaoirleach of Bray Municipal District
'Saoirse'
12 Sydenham Mews
Sidmonton Road
Bray
Email: stevensgreenbray@gmail.com

  Cllr. Steven Matthews, Green Party, Cathaoirleach of Bray Municipal District

Cllr. Steven Matthews, Green Party, Cathaoirleach of Bray Municipal District

 
 

Oliver O'Brien (Independent)
'The Bungalow'
Killough
Kilmacanogue, Bray
Mobile: 087 1420586
Email: olobriain@gmail.com

  Cllr. Oliver O'Brien, Independent

Cllr. Oliver O'Brien, Independent

 
 

Michael O'Connor (Sinn Fein)
Sinn Fein Office
325/27 Main Street, Bray,
Mobile: 083 1298821
Email: cllrmichaeloconnor@gmail.com

  Cllr. Michael O'Connor, Sinn Fein

Cllr. Michael O'Connor, Sinn Fein

 
 

John Ryan (Fine Gael)
"Huntingdun"
13 Ardmore Lawn
Bray
Tel: 01 2761439
Email: jryan@greatplacetowork.ie

  Cllr. John Ryan, Fine Gael

Cllr. John Ryan, Fine Gael

 
 

Brendan Thornhill (Independent)
19 Glendale Drive
Vevay Road
Bray.
Mobile: 086 0663144.
Email: jcbthornhill@gmail.com

  Cllr. Brendan Thornhill, Independent

Cllr. Brendan Thornhill, Independent

 
 

Pat Vance (Fianna Fáil)
"Beachmount"
Putland Road
Bray
Tel: 01 2868169
Email: PVance@wicklowcoco.ie

  Cllr. Pat Vance, Fianna Fail

Cllr. Pat Vance, Fianna Fail

 
 

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Residents' Email or Letter Template

Dear Councillor,

Last October, as you will remember, a local community campaign group called SWAP made a presentation to the Bray Municipal councillors on behalf of the residents of the lowlands of Little Bray. They presented research from the OPW and other international experts, as well as evidence from real life flooding events, demonstrating that flood defences make flooding less frequent, less deep, and less extensive - but they don’t provide total protection. Flood defences, say the OPW, simply mean that this area is an acknowledged flood risk, and that due to rapid climate change and over-building, Little Bray can still be flooded, despite the defences for which, make no mistake, our community is extremely grateful.

Because of this, we believe that it is vital that the floodplain on the old Bray Golf links should be returned to its original safe Open Space zoning so that, in the event of flooding, the waters will at least be able to leave our homes and go downriver onto those lowlands as they did in the great floods of 1905, 1931, 1965, and 1986. Five of the eight councillors present promised to support our community’s efforts to finally make safe again our extremely vulnerable neighbourhood, with its high percentage of elderly and disabled residents, many of them living in one-storey homes or apartments.

SWAP went on to make a submission to the upcoming Draft Development Plan on our behalf, suggesting that any development on the old Bray Golf Club lands should be stepped back, creating a linear park and playing fields alongside the river. This would have the dual benefit of creating more recreational space, as well as keeping the floodplain free. As you know, developers are no longer allowed in law to claim compensation against rezoning when it is done in order to protect against flooding: flood protection benefits all of us.

It is crazy to build on a floodplain, knowing what we now know about flooding all over Ireland and all over the world. We would ask you to show your solidarity with our community, and your understanding of the huge human and economic cost of flooding by voting to rezone this floodplain as Open Space in the upcoming Draft Development Plan. You have it in your power to do so, as our elected representatives.

Yours sincerely,

[INSERT YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS HERE]

 

 

 
 

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Non-Residents' Email or Letter Template

Dear Councillor,

Last October, as you will remember, a local community campaign group called SWAP made a presentation to the Bray Municipal councillors on behalf of the residents of the lowlands of Little Bray. They presented research from the OPW and other international experts, as well as evidence from real life flooding events, demonstrating that flood defences make flooding less frequent, less deep, and less extensive - but they don’t provide total protection. Flood defences, say the OPW, simply mean that this area is an acknowledged flood risk, and that due to rapid climate change and over-building, Little Bray can still be flooded, despite the magnificent defences now almost completed.

Because of this, they believe that it is vital that the floodplain on the old Bray Golf links should be returned to its original safe Open Space zoning so that, in the event of flooding, the waters will at least be able to leave their homes and go downriver onto those lowlands as they did in the great floods of 1905, 1931, 1965, and 1986. Five of the eight councillors present promised to support that community’s efforts to finally make safe again their extremely vulnerable neighbourhood, with its high percentage of elderly and disabled residents, many of them living in one-storey homes or apartments.

SWAP went on to make a submission to the upcoming Draft Development Plan on their behalf, suggesting that any development on the old Bray Golf Club lands should be stepped back, creating a linear park and playing fields alongside the river. This would have the dual benefit of creating more recreational space, as well as keeping the floodplain free. As you know, developers are no longer allowed in law to claim compensation against rezoning when it is done in order to protect against flooding: flood protection benefits all of us.

It is crazy to build on a floodplain, knowing what we now know about flooding all over Ireland and all over the world. We would ask you to show your solidarity with that community – as we do with this email - and your understanding of the huge human and economic cost of flooding by voting to rezone this floodplain as Open Space in the upcoming Draft Development Plan. You have it in your power to do so, as their elected representatives.

Yours sincerely,

[INSERT YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS HERE]

 

 

 
 

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