Thursday 21 September 2017

Apartments plan for Bray Wanderers project

Under their proposal, the club intend to sell a certain percentage of the apartments to cover the costs of their proposed new centre. Stock photo
Under their proposal, the club intend to sell a certain percentage of the apartments to cover the costs of their proposed new centre. Stock photo

Dan Gorman

Bray Wanderers want 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, signed by the club's interim chairman Gerry Mulvey, that was sent 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".

The letter also criticises Chairman of Bray District Council, Councillor Christopher Fox, who allegedly offered the opinion that the League of Ireland side were being too ambitious.

The letter outlines Bray's plans for a new facility "to the west of the N11" and claims that the club have identified a location and are currently working towards obtaining the land.

Once that transaction is completed, Bray say they intend to invite the senior planners of Wicklow County Council to accompany them to the English FA's national centre, which they claim will form the blueprint for their proposed new home.

Mulvey wants Wicklow County Council to rezone the Carlisle Grounds, which is owned by the Council, to enable the club to build the apartments there.

Under their proposal, the club intend to sell a certain percentage of the apartments to cover the costs of their proposed new centre, with the remaining units being rented out.

They say income from those would be paid into a new trust.

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