Sunday 21 April 2019

Playing field committee must meet up

Mary Fogarty

The council has carried out in excess of €15,500 worth of works within St Fergal's pitch on Schools Road over the course of the past four years.

This information was contained in a report read to members last week at a meeting of Bray Municipal District.

These included the provision of a footpath within the grounds, ducting, pouring of concrete bases for containers, artificial surfacing along the southern boundary, provision of additional topsoil and its levelling to improve the pitch surface, and also the cutting back of trees overhanging the pitch.

The remaining budget stands at around €7,600. The members heard that St Feral's have identified a number of additional priority works that they wish to progress, including the provision of an ESB supply estimated at €5,000, the provision of water and drainage estimated at €5,000, and the replacement of ball netting, estimated at €7,000.

The council have also contacted the Ballywaltrim users committee in order to get the opinion of all relevant stakeholders, including the GAA club, on what improvements and upgrades they would like to see to this facility. Their submissions and observations will inform the drafting of an improvement plan for the recreational grounds. This meeting has yet to take place due to availability of different parties at the same time.

Cllr Oliver O'Brien said that the original funding of €14,000 was supposed to be for ESB and water, and neither of those things were done.

Members agreed in principal to have those works done, with the intention of finding the remaining funding shortfall.

Cllr O'Brien said also that there has been no progress on the issue of dog fouling. He asked again that a sign be put up saying 'no dogs allowed'.

He also said that he understood a gate would be installed, but this was not apparently possible as it is an open park for public use.

Cllr Joe Behan said that the original spirit of Ballywaltrim Park was the coming together of all sports organisations and schools. He said that the users committee needs to reconvene to reflect the needs of all users.

Cathaoirleach, Cllr Pat Vance, said that in the 1990s there had been an uphill battle fought, as the county manager had wanted to run a road through the land. There was no money for the facility, but Bray Wanderers were looking for a lease and paid a €50,000 contribution for Carlisle Grounds. That was the down-payment to start developing that field. Liz McManus was a junior minister at that time, said Cllr Vance, and she secured some funding also. He said that there was cooperation between the clubs at that time. 'There needs to be a coming together for the betterment of everyone,' said Cllr Vance. 'People need to sit down and talk.'

Bray People