Prima ballerina Monica Loughman supports campaign to save Bray swans – Bray People


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Monica Loughman and her students at Bray harbour.
Swan Campaign Bray. Eabhín, Lynda and Órla Doherty at Bray harbour to support the swans
Mary Fogarty
September 15 2021 02:00 AM
Ballerina Monica Loughman and some of her students paid a visit to the harbour in Bray last weekend, to assist a campaign to protect the swans there.
Concerned locals, volunteers and wildlife lovers attended the area on Sunday. 
The concerns are around a proposed suspension-type sustainable transport bridge.
Experts have said that swans are likely to collide with the cables.
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The public consultation phase of the part eight proposal has concluded, and a petition containing over 1,000 signatures was submitted to Wicklow County Council. As applications have been made to An Bord Pleanála for an Environmental Impact Assessment, the process will not continue until the board has ruled on that matter. 
The planned public transport link will connect the recently constructed Central Road with Seapoint Road, allowing for a transport link between Dublin Road and Bray DART Station, through the former Golf Club lands.
Deputy Steven Matthews and Cllr Erika Doyle, both of the Green Party, raised a number of concerns regarding the proposal in their joint submission to the part eight application.
The construction of a transport bridge at the location has been a long-time objective of various local area plans.
It forms part of plans for a LUAS to Bray, which is still a national objective.
Deputy Matthews and Cllr Doyle said that while the bridge will provide alternative and sustainable routes to Bray, there are several issues with the design and scope of the proposal.
They said that the proposed LUAS line terminates at the Bray transportation hub, yet this terminates at Seapoint Road and doesn’t comply with the Bray local area plan.
They raised some safety issues and concerns about road capacity and asked for further engagement with the NTA on route design.
With regard to biodiversity and wildlife, they said that they are of the view that an Environmental Impact Assessment is needed.
Birdwatch Ireland is among those to have asked An Bord Pleanala to assess whether an EIA is required.
Cllr Doyle and Deputy Matthews have asked the council to engage with Birdwatch Ireland and others with local expertise and knowledge on bird flight patterns, to assess the impact of the bridge in its current design on birds in flight, and look at modifications to reduce risk.

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