Pool closer to reality as design plan passed

by Mark O'Brien
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THE long-awaited Lucan swimming pool moved one step closer to becoming a reality last week with the news that the design plans have been approved.
The project will now move on to Part 8 of the planning process, which will allow the public to give their views on the plans.
Cllr Liona O’Toole (Ind), who has campaigned for the pool for a number of years, said she was delighted that the project was progressing.
She said: “When I was canvassing in Lucan, many residents did not believe we would see a pool any time soon and some residents reported that some Lucan party politicians were saying that Lucan wouldn’t get a pool cause of its close proximity to Clondalkin.
“I promised I would keep it on top of the agenda and began by ensuring that it was inserted back into the County Development Plan.
“This was possible as I worked closely with my Independent colleagues Guss O’Connell and Paul Gogarty on this, and since then we have included it in every Area Committee meeting.”
Local TD Frances Fitzgerald also welcomed the news, and praised the efforts of locals in campaigning for a pool in the area.
The Tanaiste said: “The plans for the development include wet and dry changing rooms, a gym, cafe, wellness area, meeting rooms, a large and small pool, garden space and more.
“The larger pool will be shallow at both ends and deep in the middle.
“The smaller pool will include a moving floor and will facilitate very small children as well as those with a disability.
“My colleague, Cllr Vicki Casserly (FG) worked with the council extensively to ensure that the pool is designed to be inclusive to all residents.
“Well done to South Dublin County Council and the entire design team on these plans.”
The Pool4Lucan campaign also welcomed the news but reiterated their concern that the plans do not include a viewing area which, they say, will lead to a loss in revenue as the pool will be unable to host competitions.
The dates for the public consultation period have not yet been set but local councillors have confirmed that they hope to meet council officials in the next two weeks where they hope to highlight local concerns about the design.
The pool is expected to be completed in early 2019 at a cost of approximately €13 million.

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