‘Surprise’ at latest letter in Bray saga
‘No dealings’ says Council
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’.