FURTHER DETAILS relating to concerns, including problems with car parking at peak times, raised by trustees at Malahide Bridge Club have been requested by the local authority, The issue was raised by Cllr Peter Coyle (Lab) at a Malahide area committee last week, who called for a progress report on the proposed lease agreement with the club.
In response, he was informed that a draft lease had issued to the Bridge Club. 'A number of issues have been raised by the club, notably relating to car parking and the need for additional land due to expansion of the Club. The council has requested further detail from the Club on these matters and are currently awaiting a response,' it added. Cllr Coyle said it was the second largest bridge club in the country and was still growing and that the trustees wanted to be in a position to cater for that expansion. He explained that the car parking was shared with the hockey and GAA clubs, who used the adjacent all weather pitches. 'One of the problems is members of the bridge club are not as young as the GAA and hockey participants. Membership tends to be middle aged on in age profile. We as a council define ourselves and the question that keeps coming up is whether spaces close to the bridge club can be served for its members' Councillors were told that the draft lease was issued in February. The club came back with issues regarding parking in the area and the local authority wrote back to them in November seeking further clarification.