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Saturday 23 September 2017

New baths at Clontarf get the go-ahead

THE dilapidated Clontarf Baths will finally be revamped after plans, including a proposal for a cafe bar, were approved.

The North Dublin site has been subject to numerous applications in recent years but has remained undeveloped.

Now, a ambitious fresh bid looking to restore the facility to its former glory after it was closed down in 1996 has received permission.

The application -- from the Clontarf Baths and Assembly Rooms Company Ltd -- seeks permission to reinstate the "existing seawater swimming pool area".

It includes plans for changing facilities and the construction of a lifeguard viewing room.

The existing derelict structures are to be demolished and replaced by a pavilion restaurant and cafe bar spanning 350.2 square metres.

A covered terrace area overlooking the bay is also to be built. Some 15 car and 47 bicycle parking spaces will be installed.

Former Lord Mayor and Clontarf resident Gerry Breen said he would be supportive if it meant the site was getting back to his original use as a swimming area. Irish Water Polo Association president Bobby Nolan (40), who is a Clontarf man, said the plans were "absolutely fantastic".

"We are 100pc supporting it and Clontarf swimming club will be back to our original home after a break of 15 years," Mr Nolan added.

He added that the club had been on the site since 1884.

In its decision, Dublin City Council stipulated the restaurant/cafe bar should only open between 8am and 11.30pm,.

In 2008, An Bord Pleanala turned down a €10m plan involving a former Olympic swimmer to turn the baths site into a luxury spa.

The application had been put forward by ex-Olympian Stephen Cullen.

cormacmurphy@herald.ie

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