At the March Co Board meeting Co. Chairman Diarmuid Devereux proposed to the assembled club representatives that the feasibility of selling surplus land, belonging to Wexford GAA at Ferns, be investigated. If successful this would reduce the overall debt burden on the county and still leave more than enough land to fully complete the planned Centre of Excellence development.
This project is at an advanced state of preparation and with the recent announcement that Croke Park & Leinster Council have agreed to support the project, funding is in place.
The completed development which will see the building of six full size pitches with dressing rooms, ancillary buildings and extensive car parking will require 50 acres, leaving approx. 30 acres available for possible disposal.
Over the last year the project team, have under the direction of Co Board, been driving the project forward, liaising with the various stakeholders including Croke Park, local people and funding bodies. The team have also laid the ground work for the possible sale of these surplus 30 acres.
The sale would ease the financial burden on the Board. It is proposed that the proceeds would be used to clear the remaining debt on Wexford Park and to reduce the outstanding balance on the land at Ferns. Projections are that this would reduce annual repayments by c. €85,000 which would have a significant impact on the financial stability of Wexford GAA.