Wednesday 26 October 2016

Locals reject three new locations for swimming pool

The Glenalbyn Swimming Pool, now closed
The Glenalbyn Swimming Pool, now closed

LOCALS in a Dublin suburb have rejected council plans to relocate a swimming pool, two years after it was closed due to health and safety concerns.

The Glenalbyn pool in Stillorgan was shut down in 2013.

A report prepared for the council recommended building the pool on a new site.

Independent TD Shane Ross and his constituency colleague Deirdre Donnelly held a public meeting on the topic last week.

Some 150 people attended the meeting and around 90pc of them rejected the report's recommendation to build the pool at a different site.


"People were very unhappy with the time schedule of the recommended project," Mr Ross told the Herald.

The report has recommended building the pool at a site adjacent to the N11, but this will cost €10m and take more than four years.

To refurbish the existing pool will cost €5m and take 36 months.

"People also didn't necessarily believe that it would go through in the 51-month timeframe in the report," Mr Ross said. "They were very discontented that they weren't consulted for the report."

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council has ringfenced €10m for the provision of leisure facilities in the Stillorgan area.

Local councillors will meet on October 12 to debate the four options presented in the consultancy report.

Mr Ross said he hoped that local councillors would listen to the wishes of the people and vote for the second option.

"The vast majority of people are in favour of a rapid and credible solution," he said.

The other options include spending €10m to build a new pool at the Glenalbyn site.

Another 'do-nothing' option was also explored which would see the council spend €250,000 developing other leisure facilities at the Glenalbyn site.

The report states that the option of building a pool on the N11 site is preferable because is proximity to the Stillorgan Shopping Centre will attract more visitors.

Building the pool on a new site also leaves the Glenalbyn site free to be developed into a community campus.

Previously it was feared that the pool would not be re-opened in the area due to a report that suggested there was not a sufficient population of young people in the area to support it.

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