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Thursday 21 September 2017

City suburb gets outdoor gym... despite protests by angry locals

A HOST of new exercise machines has been installed on one of the most sought-after costal areas of the capital -- despite the majority of locals voting against the it.

At a meeting of the Sandycove and Glasthule Residents Association in November, 107 residents out of 110 voted against the idea of the outdoor gym on the coast at Newtownsmith.

However, since then six exercise machines have been installed by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council at a cost of €29,000.

Bob Waddell, a member of the association's committee said: "We had a meeting at the end of last year and 107 people voted against it, and three went for it.

"We don't stand against anything to do with improvement of health. But the whole area should be kept solely as a green area.

"There were a number of residents particularly anti this plan, because they felt it would bring anti-social behaviour."

Outdoor gyms are commonplace across Europe, the US and Asia.

A spokesperson from DLRCC said: "The units are robust and well suited to their location along the seafront promenade.

"There were some vocal objections from the Glasthule and Sandycove Residents Association when the proposal was in planning, however now that it is installed the outdoor gym has been well received by the public who appreciate the opportunity keep fit and vary their exercise routine."

Cllr Jane Dillon Byrne said: "I use it every day.

"It's free of charge and a compliment to the Sli na Slainte scheme which aims to make people fitter."

There are also outdoor gyms at Blackrock Park and Balawley Park.

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