Lucan locals are protesting the potential privatisation of the leisure centre and swimming pool, maintaining that it must be a public amenity, writes Rachel Cunningham.
In their petition, the group ‘Pool For People, Not For Profit’ stated: “This amenity, considered essential in 1980s Lucan, now in 2021 is vital for a vastly expanded and growing population. This publicly funded amenity must be delivered on a not-for-profit basis.”
The group warns that by introducing a “tender process for the management of the facilities”, as South Dublin County Council has claimed would threaten availability for many.
The group continued: “The leisure centre has for decades provided a first class service to the community and the present management and staff have the expertise and professionalism and valuable links to community groups to continue and to expand their service in the new centre. This would not feature in a privatised centre. This is an essential investment in our community and in our children’s future.”
Further information regarding the petition is available here: https://www.change.org/p/darragh-o-brien-lucan-leisure-centre-swimming-pool-for-people-not-profit