‘Sur­prise’ at lat­est let­ter in Bray saga

‘No deal­ings’ says Coun­cil

Bray People - - SPORT - DANIEL GOR­MAN

BRAY WAN­DER­ERS in­tend to con­struct up to 400 apart­ments on the Carlisle Grounds to fund the build­ing of their pro­posed new fa­cil­i­ties.

The plans were re­vealed in a let­ter penned by Gerry Mul­vey to Bryan Doyle, County Man­ager of Wick­low County Coun­cil, on Tues­day.

Mul­vey re­it­er­ates the club’s be­lief that their deal­ings with the county coun­cil have been akin to en­gag­ing with North Ko­rea and speaks of the ‘sheer lack of re­spect shown to any­one who wants to cre­ate eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity in Wick­low’ which he finds ‘dis­grace­ful’.

Mul­vey crit­i­cises Chair­man of Bray District Coun­cil, Cllr. Christo­pher Fox, for al­leged com­ments that Bray Wan­der­ers were be­ing too am­bi­tious.

Mul­vey la­bels Fox’s opin­ion as a “small minded be­grudg­ing at­ti­tude”.

Plans are dis­cussed for a new fa­cil­ity “to the west of the N11”. The let­ter states that the club have iden­ti­fied said lo­ca­tion and are cur­rently work­ing to­wards ob­tain­ing the land.

Once that trans­ac­tion is com­pleted, Bray Wan­der­ers in­tend to in­vite the se­nior plan­ners of the Wick­low County Coun­cil to ac­com­pany them to visit St. Ge­orge’s Park Academy, the na­tional foot­ball cen­tre of the F.A. Wan­der­ers plan to use it as a blueprint for their own plans.

The Co. Wick­low club will be­gin reach­ing out to all clubs in the Gar­den County in the com­ing months in the hope that it will be­come a cen­tre of ex­cel­lence.

Mul­vey re­quests that Wick­low County Coun­cil re­zone the Carlisle Grounds to en­able them to build the 350-400 apart­ments.

The club in­tend to sell a cer­tain per­cent­age of the apart­ments to cover the costs of the con­struc­tion of their cen­tre of ex­cel­lence, with the re­main­ing units be­ing rented out and in­come from those would be paid into a new trust that Bray Wan­der­ers will form.

Mul­vey out­line a six-part pro­posal to the coun­cil as fol­lows:

1. They seek the re­zon­ing of the Carlisle Grounds.

2. They will con­firm the lo­ca­tion of their fu­ture ground/academy.

3. They will seek for the coun­cil tech­ni­cal staff and elected mem­bers to visit St. Ge­orge’s Park.

4. They will be seek­ing to en­ter into agree­ment on the Carlisle Grounds and the use of the funds to build the fa­cil­ity, with the re­main­ing prof­its used to fund the up­keep of the ground.

5. They will be lodg­ing a plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion for the new de­vel­op­ments.

6. Sub­ject to ap­proval on the above, they will build and de­liver on some­thing they ‘know is achiev­able’.

Mu­ley signs off by say­ing that his pro­pos­als “will help and trans­form Irish soc­cer”.

The coun­cil have replied through David Forde, district ad­min­is­tra­tor of Bray Mu­nic­i­pal Court. Forde de­clared that he’s ‘some­what sur­prised’ by the parts of the let­ter as ‘you (Mul­vey) have had no deal­ing with any of the ex­ec­u­tive of Wick­low County Coun­cil, cer­tainly noth­ing in writ­ing mak­ing de­vel­op­ment pro­pos­als’.

Forde com­ments that ‘any con­crete pro­pos­als will be con­sid­ered’ and that all com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween the club and the coun­cil to date had been in re­la­tion to break­ing the terms of the club’s lease and out­stand­ing rent.

With re­gards to Bray Wan­der­ers’ plans to fund their new fa­cil­ity by rent­ing/sell­ing apart­ments on the Carlisle Grounds, Forde notes that it would be ‘un­likely that they would be will­ing to trans­fer public as­sets to a pri­vate trust’.

Forde in­vites Mul­vey to ex­pand on his pro­pos­als and he closes the let­ter thusly ‘while I ac­cept you have only given an out­line of pro­posal, more de­tails would be re­quired...be­fore we can give se­ri­ous con­sid­er­a­tion of your pro­posal’.

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