Coun­cil won’t fund new club

Bray People - - NEWS -

CHAIR­MAN of Bray Mu­nic­i­pal District, Cllr Chris Fox, dis­missed any sug­ges­tion that the Carlisle Grounds will be re­zoned to fund a new sta­dium.

State­ments is­sued last week by chair­man of Bray Wan­der­ers, Gerry Mul­vey, claimed that the club was fi­nan­cially sound but said that the club had am­bi­tious plans to build a new sta­dium and train­ing acad­emy on the out­skirts of Bray us­ing money from the sale of Carlisle Grounds to fund the de­vel­op­ment.

Cllr Fox said that while he be­lieved that the lo­cal author­ity should pro­vide a greater level of sup­port to Bray Wan­der­ers there was no prospect of the cur­rent grounds would be re­zoned and the pro­ceeds go­ing to Bray Wan­der­ers.

Speak­ing af­ter the state­ment was is­sued Cllr Fox said: ‘I do think there is an onus on the coun­cil to help the club, we all want to see a healthy Bray Wan­der­ers. But my big­gest gripe with the state­ment is the as­sump­tion that if the Carlisle Grounds was to be re­zoned, the pro­ceeds would go to the club.

‘But the state­ment is all the more sur­pris­ing be­cause if that is what they ac­tu­ally want then there is a process they can en­ter into and they have not done that.’

Mr Mul­vey said that the club will be ask­ing Wick­low County Coun­cil to re­zone the lands at Carlisle Grounds with the pro­ceeds be­ing used to ‘fund the con­struc­tion of what will be the best acad­emy and sport­ing grounds in the coun­try’.

Mr Mul­vey didn’t in­di­cate what value would be re­alised if the club lands were re­zoned and sold how­ever it is be­lieved that with plan­ning per­mis­sion it could fetch be­tween €8 to €10 mil­lion.

Cllr Fox said that any plans by the club to build a multi-sports fa­cil­ity are pre­ma­ture adding that the coun­cil is al­ready con­sid­er­ing a sim­i­lar de­vel­op­ment at a 50-acre site based around a dis­used quarry to the west of the town.

‘ The hope is to build a re­gional sports cen­tre which would in­clude state-of-the-art train­ing fa­cil­i­ties’, he said adding this would com­ple­ment Bray Wan­der­ers of­fer­ing at the Carlisle Grounds.’

Cllr Fox said that he had no real ex­pec­ta­tion of the coun­cil sell­ing the Carlisle Grounds and giv­ing the money to the club.

Cllr Chris Fox.

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