Glenalbyn Swimming Pool Update

New State of the Art Pool Facility Recommended

I welcome publication of the FINAL REPORT of the Stillorgan Leisure Working Group of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Council. This detailed and considered report favours the construction of a modern new state of the art pool facility on council owned land in Stillorgan adjacent to the N11. The site selected, unlike the existing Glenalbyn site of the closed pool, has the scope to provide additional community facilities involving social and educational activities other than just sporting activities. The selected site, as it is already owned by the council, does not have any site acquisition costs and was found to be the best value for money. It is also said to be best to provide adequate parking facilities. On the issue of financial sustainability, the report states that it is the only option that would “return a significant positive net revenue stream” with “a positive internal rate of return”. The anticipated time frame for completing the project is approximately 4 years.

The Working Group, which includes my Fine Gael colleagues Cllr Josepha Madigan and Cllr Barry Saul, consulted with officials of Kilmacud – Crokes GAA club and records that its preferred option appears also to be the club’s favoured option as it does not impact on the club’s site and the development would be a positive for their own members and the local community. The Report also states that the new proposed development would make the Glenalbyn site available for alternative community use, such as an additional playing pitch.

A sum of €10m is ring fenced for the project.  There now starts a one month public consultation process on the Report to enable members of the local community to detail their views and concerns before any final decisions are made by the council.

To read the full report click here

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