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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Stillorgan: Petition to save Glenalbyn pool

Glenalbyn Swimming Pool
Glenalbyn Swimming Pool

An online petition to save a Stillorgan community pool has been set up after locals expressed their anger that the facility may never reopen.

Glenalbyn swimming pool has remained closed since December 2013 because of safety concerns over its roof.

However, following a Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council report last week, the pool may now never reopen because it found that the population in the area is not young enough.

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The report put forward four options for the pool, including building another elsewhere.

Another option is for the pool to be rebuilt at a cost of €10m at the current site.

However, the council report said it was unlikely that this would "recognise emerging demographics" in the area.

The third option was to "do nothing" and the fourth was to look at alternative leisure facilities. More than 250 people then attended a public meeting on Friday night to express their annoyance at the suggestion that Stillorgan was no longer the best place for a pool.

Independent councillor Deirdre Donnelly and local TD Shane Ross chaired the public meeting and a petition to save the pool has started as a result.

"Some people were livid that it hadn't been reopened and it was a real inconvenience for people to have to go elsewhere for swimming lessons," said Cllr Donnelly.

"There's a huge amount of worry that it may not open. Different children stood up and spoke and they were quite upset and senior citizens were quite annoyed."

The petition, which is to show the level of public support to keep the pool in Stillorgan, will be available on Mr Ross' website.

A committee of councillors will meet next month to look at the four options.

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