Bray People - - NEWS - Mary FOG­A­RTY

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.

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