Bray People

Seag­ullssoar­with €5mil­lion­plan

Septem­ber 2009

- Business · Bray · Bolton Wanderers F.C. · Carlisle Grounds · Wanderers Football Club

BRAY Wan­der­ers Foot­ball Club is plan­ning a €5m devel­op­ment that could at­tract a ma­jor su­per­mar­ket to the Carlisle Grounds.

The devel­op­ment would also mean the con­struc­tion of a new sta­dium on the ex­ist­ing site. Still in the very early stages, with a plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion yet to be lodged, the project could be com­pleted within 12 months of a suc­cess­ful ap­pli­ca­tion.

Club pres­i­dent Philip Han­ni­gan, a for­mer chair­man and owner of Hard Metal, is spear­head­ing the scheme and has been work­ing on its in­cep­tion since De­cem­ber. A scale model and pic­tures will be ready by next week.

Mr Han­ni­gan has been in­volved in ne­go­ti­a­tions with a well-known ten­ant and hopes to con­clude those and make an agree­ment be­fore re­leas­ing the name of the com­pany.

‘ The pro­posal will in­clude a num­ber of small re­tail out­lets and one large shop as well as 80 park­ing spa­ces,’ he ex­plained.

He said that the devel­op­ment is by the club it­self, not an out­side in­vestor, and will en­hance both the town of Bray and the fu­ture of the club it­self.

‘Plans were pre­sented to the board two weeks ago as well as to em­ploy­ees and the sup­port­ers club, all of whom are gen­er­ally happy with the move, said Mr Han­ni­gan.

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