THE Manly Warringah Sea Eagles Ltd have been granted a five-year licence for Brookvale Oval "to give the club a sense of continuity," despite reservations by some local residents. The club's existing licence does not expire until September 2009 but director Kerry Sibraa argued that it needs to lock-in the new licence so it can give the club "certainty." "We need an upgrade and we need the lease," he said. "We want the lease for our army of fans and we want to upgrade the facility for them." But a local resident, who asked not to be named because of fear of retribution, said there had been insufficient notification of the proposed lease to local residents and questioned why the lease had to be decided so soon. He asked for the decision on the lease to be deferred to allow for further community consultation. But Warringah Council administrator Dick Persson agreed that the club needed certainty while acknowledging tensions between the club and some residents near Brookvale Oval, over the behaviour of people leaving the oval after games. Under the new lease, the club will pay the council $348,484 a year. The council currently spends about $300,000 a year on maintenance for Brookvale Oval.