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One Bray Idea

I am delighted to be chosen to contest the Local Election in May and before I set out my policies and platforms, I am asking you to get involved and let me know what is important to you. I am looking for your ideas on how we can improve and shape the town in which we live. No matter how big, small or crazy the idea I want to hear it! The best ideas for the town will come from those that know it the best - the people who live in it! Have you have found yourself thinking “wouldn’t it be great if Bray had this...” let me know what it is! Share your ideas and have your say via my website

Local Elections 2014

Elections to all City and County Councils will take place on Friday, 23rd May, 2014. Polling will be between the hours of 07:00am and 10:00pm. Wicklow County Council will now have 32 members which is divided into 5 Local Electoral Areas. The election is held in respect of each Local Electoral Area for the number of council members assigned to that area. 8 members will be elected from the Bray District which will include Enniskerry and Kilmacanogue. If you are not registered to vote you have up until the 6th of May to be included in the supplementary register. Just fill out the RFA2 form which is available from

News in Brief Seafront Playground

Work on the 1400sq metre playground will start at the beginning of April and is expected to take approximately 6 weeks to complete. The play equipment will included 2 large combination pieces, 2 sets of swings and a number of smaller items for younger children. The entire area will have a 1m fence around the perimeter of the rubberised play surface. Grant forms will be available mid-March If you are in charge of a sports club in Bray area please get in contact with me and I will assist you in filling out the forms.

We are all looking forward to this year’s Festival and welcoming all the visitors especially two choirs arriving from Arizona and Wyoming, USA. A huge amount of time and effort has been given by the committee and I hope you all enjoy the weekend.

... And Finally

• W  orks have started on the reshaping of Springfield Cemetery • The Bray Air Display as part of Bray Summerfest is confirmed for Sunday 20th of July • In January, I received €854.94 net of tax for wages and €754.00 un-vouched for expenses towards - stationary, postage, websites, mileage and phone charges

Main Street Works

The final phase of the Main Street Refurbishment Works will be Main Street improvement works completed by the middle of March and will include paving on both sides up to the Civic offices and a new pedestrian crossing.

World Record Attempt on Bray Head

On the 11th May The Caroline Foundation in association with Bray Cancer Support Centre and Greystones Cancer Support are organising – The World’s Longest Awareness Ribbon Chain from Bray Harbour to Greystones Harbour via the Cliff Walk. Check out www.

CONTACT MICK 19, The Headlands, Putland Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow Mobile: 086 257 9505 Email: Visit my website

Newsletter Spring 2014

& Kilmacanogue ry er sk ni En s ea ar g in nd Bray & surrou Dear Resident, Welcome to my latest newsletter!! Normally, I produce a newsletter and display it on my website but with the upcoming Local elections on May the 23rd I think it is important to make a special effort to engage with you. Over the last number of years I have made a huge personal commitment to this community and worked constantly at representing you. I am delighted at having been selected by Fine Gael to run in the upcoming elections and over the next few weeks I need your ideas on how we can shape our town in the future. Please log on to my web site and have your say. If I can help you or your family just let me know. Thanks,

Cllr. Mick Glynn Bray Town & Wicklow County Council .

Future of Bray Town Centre now in its own hands

Small Bray Sports Grant

St Patricks Festival



I have been assured by the Minister that the funding of €26m remains in place to complete the remaining 60% of the project. I am delighted that the Department and the OPW have agreed to progress works using subcontractors to complete the project therefore minimising the delays. The works around the La Vallee complex and the river have also been given the go ahead and will start in the coming weeks.

The long and drawn out saga of the Florentine site in the heart of Bray’s Town Centre has finally come to an end. The 1.58 acre site which has been subject to property speculation since 1991 costing €53million has been purchased by Bray town Council for a final figure of €2.2million. This ambitious purchase will now lead to the first steps in having this site developed and regenerating this vital part of our town. Finally we can close door on the saga of the Florentine and take control of our own Town Centre. It is a courageous move by everyone involved and demonstrates the commitment that the management and councillors have in revitalising the heart of the town. The site which fronts onto 28 metres of the Main Street and includes 3 period buildings on Eglinton Road as well as a number of small shops on Florence Road, all of which are in strategic locations. The site had been subject to many planning application down through the years and including the mooted development of a large scale shopping centre, parking and residential units - it never materialised and the site was left derelict for over 20 years. This is a fresh start for the Town Centre. We need to do everything we can to rejuvenate the area developing something special that creates a landmark for destination shopping and leisure. Purchasing the site now paves the way for Bray Town Council to merge both sits and clean up the title. It is envisaged that the newer enlarged site will be offered in partnership with prospective developers to create a small scale shopping centre, parking and Town Centre Plaza under a Part 8 planning process. Having purchased this site at an extremely competitive price we are well placed to attract the right partner with whom we can move forward, creating together something for Bray that is sustainable and enhancing for the future.

Best Boxing facilities in the Country For years Gold Medal-winning Olympian Katie Taylor has been punching above her weight while training in basic facilities, but that has all changed now that Bray Boxing Gym has reopened following a complete rebuild. Bray Town Council hosted a civic reception last month where the country’s golden girl and fellow Olympic boxer Garda Adam Nolan and the Minister of State for Sport and Tourism Michael Ring, cut the ribbon on the €300,000 state-of-theart facility. The new gym, which is based at the Harbour, has new changing rooms for men and women, a kitchen, a large physical training area and a full size ring with seven-day access to athletes. The vision of building such a facility has been two fold, creating a specialist facility for elite Olympic boxing conditioning and catering for the demand from young children and adults to get involved in the sport. The project has been a long time coming but was built over a four month period and funded by the Sports Capital Programme and Bray Town Council. I am delighted to have been part of the project and everyone that worked on the project needs to be congratulated. The attention to detail of the finish and the quick turnaround has been exceptional. Now on to Rio in 2016!

Bray & surrounding areas Enniskerry & Kilmacanogue

Cllr. MICK GLYNN Cyber Bullying Forum in Wicklow Last month I attended the CyberBullying Forum in Bray organised and chaired by Sean Kelly MEP. The main aim of the Forum was to raise awareness and inspire action to prevent CyberBullying in all its forms. Cyber-Bullying is a problem of epidemic proportions affecting mostly young people. One in four children in Ireland now admit to “sexting” - sending or receiving inappropriate texts or photographs through social media. It is now a serious challenge for parents, teachers, mental health and youth/ community workers. The common problem is that parents often don’t Séan Kelly MEP and Mick Glynn understand issues, such as, how photosharing apps or social media works, and often feel threatened by new digital technology. At the Forum, advice was provided to parents and teachers, on how to make some simple immediate changes to children’s online behaviour patterns, for example; supervising the amount of time younger teens spend online or sharing access passwords and keeping one common mobile phone recharger in the house, these easy first steps can make monitoring of young teens online behavior more effective for parents. So what makes cyberbullying so bad? No Rest for the Bully-Weary Before the advent of social media networks, cell phones and unlimited text plans, young people who were bullied in school could count on hours spent at home as a respite from ridicule. Today, kids are connected to each other constantly Cyberbullies Don’t Have to Make Eye Contact Spreading malicious rumors online about a person is one thing; saying mean things to a person’s face is quite another. Young people find it far easier to be cruel when they don’t have to look into the eyes of the object of their viciousness The Pain is Viral Physical, verbal and even relational bullying almost always occur as a 1:1 encounter between a child who bullies and his target. With the simple touch of a “Send” button or click on a “Status Update,” instant and almost unimaginable damage can be done. You Can’t Take it Back Verbal apologies notwithstanding, once an item is posted online or sent via text, it remains available to anyone who received it and can be forwarded again and again. Proximity is Not an Issue There are no time or space boundaries with cyberbullying and it thrives on after-hours and distance. For more information check out

New Local Employment Office for Wicklow and Bray

A new improved system of Local Enterprise Offices in Bray and Wickow with more funding, more staff and more services will be up and running in April. The key features of the new Local Enterprise Office (LEO) system will include: • Additional funding of €3.5million in 2014 • New Young Entrepreneurship Fund • Microfinance Ireland, • Credit Guarantee Scheme • Access to services from Revenue and Dept Social Protection After the 11th April the Wicklow County Enterprise Board of which I have been a member of since 2009 will be dissolved and become the back bone of the new LEO system. The combination of services will be delivered by the Local Authority in a “first stop shop” framework set by Minister for Jobs and Enterprise Ireland. • Each LEO, embedded in a local authority, will develop a local plan for boosting enterprise, with targets including new business start-ups, business expansions and jobs created or sustained as well as wider economic impacts such as exports, mentoring, training and enterprise promotion. This represents a fundamental reform of local government so that services are delivered and decisions made closer to the people • New training programmes for all staff in customer support and a new customer service charter which will include targets for levels of service delivery

CONTACT MICK 19, The Headlands, Putland Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow. Mobile: 086 257 9505 Email: Visit my website instagram

Council Budget

The final budget of Bray Town Council was passed on Tuesday 9th January with a total of €16m in expenditure.

Tax relief on home improvements to help jobs in Bray

Budget 2014 announced a €500 million tax package, to support and create local jobs. Included in this was the Home Renovation Incentive (HRI) which provides for a tax credit for Homeowners on repair, renovation or improvement work carried out on the Homeowner’s principal private residence. The type of work covered includes extensions, garages, attic conversions, supply and fitting of kitchens, bathrooms and built in wardrobes, window fitting, plumbing, tiling, rewiring and plastering. The HRIS is designed to incentivise people to undertake home improvements and repairs and allows them to claim back the 13.5% VAT paid on between €5,000 and €30,000. This offers a lifeline to smaller businesses that are tax compliant and also acts as a deterrent to black market activity. Those hoping to undertake renovations, repairs or maintenance work need to ensure that the service providers they employ qualify for the scheme; that is that they are VAT registered and have a tax clearance cert, and have been pre-approved by the Department of Finance before any work commences.

Increases in expenditure The budget processes of a Local Authority are very difficult to get a handle on and often represent many different transactions – so one of the easiest ways of examining the entire budget in summary is to look at both the increases and decreases in the income and expenditure to get an overview. In total there has been savings of €173,000 on last year’s expenses with an increase of €393,000 in this year’s expenditure. Here is a list of the net increases in the larger items of expenditure: €80,000 toward a grant fund for sports clubs in Bray €50,000 towards the new Boiler Maintenance and Replacement Scheme €30,000 increase to Homeless Services €22,000 in Economic Development which included a new €80,000 scheme to replace shop fronts in the Town Centre

It is interesting to note that for a residence to qualify it must be your current main residence or your prospective main residence, meaning that those who buy an old property in the hope of doing it up will benefit.

€30,000 toward Wolfe Tone FC new facility

Qualifying work must cost a minimum of €5,000 (excluding VAT at 13.5%). While there is no upper limit on the cost of work, the tax credit will only be given in relation to a maximum of €30,000 (excluding VAT at 13.5%).

€5,000 towards Graffiti removal

€10,000 towards maintenance of the Harbour Area €20,000 in Restricted Car Parking expenses €25,000 in member’s gratuity payments for retirements

Cllr Mick Glynn Newsletter Spring 2014  

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