Kilmacud Crokes urged to engage with council again ‘as soon as possible’

by Rebecca Ryan

Kilmacud Crokes GAA Club have said they are undertaking a “full review” on proposals the council have sent to them in relation to Glenalbyn Pool.

The swimming pool was closed in 2013 due to structural problems. In order to undergo refurbishment, the council (who own the site) would need access to neighbouring site Kilmacud Crokes who own the land around the landlocked pool.

Negotiations between the council and the club have been ongoing since 2017. The mediation process came to a close earlier this month and the council have recently sent their formal proposal to the club.

In a statement to Dublin Gazette, the club’s Executive Committee said they are reviewing the proposals and will then revert back to the council with any queries they have.

“The Club Executive Committee has…been in receipt of a proposal from Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council [DLRCC] Municipal Services Department in relation to their proposed re-development of a swimming pool on the original Glenalbyn Site.

“The Executive proposes to undertake a full review of this proposal along with relevant technical experts so that the club can gain a full understanding of what is proposed.

“The club will then engage with DLRCC in relation to the content of the proposal and will work through any queries that arise from the review with them.

“The Executive will provide a further update to the club membership on the conclusion of that engagement process.”

Leas-Cathaoirleach and local councillor, Deirdre Donnelly (IND) has been campaigning for the pools reopening since 2013.

She says locals have been “badly let down” by the closure of the facility and she is urging Kilmacud Crokes to engage again with the council as soon as possible.

“A number of schools and clubs in the area as well as members of the public have all been badly let down.

“My son’s school is one of the many whose swimming lessons were stopped with little notice.

“The whole community is behind the re-opening of the pool but sadly it will be too late for some pupils who have at this stage gone through secondary school and are now adults.

“The people of Stillorgan and surrounding areas have been waiting six years for Glenalbyn Swimming Pool to re-open.

“I would ask Kilmacud Crokes to engage as soon as possible with Council officials so that the pool can be re-opened.

“I am a member of the club and I have written to the Executive requesting a timeline as to when members will be updated.

“I am looking forward to the club’s response and hope that work on the new pool can progress.”

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