The long wait for Lucan swimming pool may be over

by Padraig Conlon
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Following a few false dawns, work on the new Lucan swimming pool could start in January.

This update on the ongoing saga was revealed at the recent council meeting of the Lucan Area Committee.

Back in June, Dublin Gazette reported that the Department of Sports had given the go ahead to SDCC to tender for the long-awaited pool.

The project to bring a swimming pool to Lucan, which has been a hot topic for many local campaigners and public representatives for almost 30 years, has received cross-party support.

Now it appears the long wait may be over after Councillor Liona O’Toole requested an updated report of current progress on the swimming pool from the council. This followed reports in the media that the project was going to be delayed.

Cllr O Toole asked the chief executive to “detail any possible risks that could cause delay”.

In their reply, the council said: “The closing date for the main contractor’s stage 2 tender for the Lucan Swimming Pool was September 24, these tenders are currently being assessed.

“There is an additional tendering process for the associated specialist contracts and this should be completed by November 2018”.

“It is envisaged that the project build will commence in January 2019. Risk assessment, mitigation and management is a key and ongoing part of the management process during planning, procurement and implementation of the project.”

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