Go-ahead for sports ground

Bray People - - News -

AF­TER a very long wait, Wolfe Tone and District Youth Club, will fi­nally have the chance to go ahead with a €1 mil­lion de­vel­op­ment of the John Tem­ple Sports Field grounds, as they be­came the of­fi­cial lease hold­ers.

Over 14 years ago it was first pro­posed that the club would take over the lease of sports grounds which is bet­ter known to lo­cals as the Ve­vay Field.

Up un­til now Bray Town Coun­cil have the lease on the Ve­vay Field but it’s own­er­ship re­mains with Kil­rud­dery.

The sports grounds are used by the Wolfe Tone District Club and other lo­cal clubs.

Coun­cil­lor John Byrne, who first pro­posed the hand­ing over of the lease and who has cam­paigned for it since the beginning, spoke at length at last week’s Town Coun­cil meet­ing, ex­plain­ing the con­di­tions of hand­ing over the lease and the club’s in­ten­tions to de­velop the grounds.

‘The present con­di­tion of the grounds is ap­palling but over time the Wolfe Tone District Club are will­ing to spend in the re­gion of €1 mil­lion de­vel­op­ing the grounds,’ said Cllr Byrne. A huge num­ber of rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Wolfe Tone Club and other clubs who use the grounds at­tended the meet­ing.

One of the con­di­tions the club’s had be­fore sign­ing the lease was that Bray Town Coun­cil would take full re­spon­si­bil­ity to se­cure the grounds by fenc­ing off the fields.

This was agreed by the Town Coun­cil.

‘This has been a long time com­ing, a long drawn out saga which is fi­nally ended and peo­ple can get on with what they do best,’ said Cllr. Pat Vance.

A unan­i­mous de­ci­sion was made by the Town Coun­cil mem­bers to hand over the lease.

The Ve­vay Field has been given the all clear for a €1m de­vel­op­ment.

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