PLANS ON ICE ORGANISERS MUST GET MOVE ON IF FLORENTINE RINK TO BE READY
WE MAY HAVE to get our skates on this Christmas if plans for an ice-rink in the town on the site of the ill-fated Florentine Centre come to fruition.
Organisers Mick Glynn and Paul Finnegan of Finbees Shop have yet to present their finalised business plan to Bray Town Council members for permission to use the land, a portion of which is owned by the council.
The proposed site is adjacent to the existing car park between Florence Road and Quinsboro Road.
Ballymore have agreed that their portion of the site can be used by Bray & District Chamber for an ice rink, expected to cost around €11 per person per session for eight weeks over the seasonal period. While the venue is free there will still be considerable costs incurred to run the rink for 500 days, but organisers are confident that they will break even.
They are inviting local sponsorship as well as a possible joint venture with an event management company in order to both finance the project and run it successfully.
Expenses will include the installation of an ice-rink from the Netherlands as well as erecting a marquee and paying staff for the duration of the event. The motivation behind the plan, said both Cllr. Mick Glynn and Cllr. John Ryan, is to get ‘footfall’ in the main street, in other words get the people of Bray and the surrounding areas in to the town.
While they hope to get sponsorship amounts from 20 traders, they have already agreed deals with 16 traders in the area.
Defending an accusation by Cllr. John Brady that the plans were being made ‘behind closed doors’, Cllr. Glynn said that a solid proposal had to be formulated before it could be presented to the council.