Meadowbrook swimming pool repair works to begin ‘shortly’

by Gary Ibbotson

Repair works on the swimming pool in Meadowbrook dlr Leisure, which closed in February due to tile damage, are due to begin shortly.

In October’s Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council meeting, it was revealed by a board member of dlr Leisure that the company has “gone through a difficult time,” but the pool is expected to be renovated before the end of the year.

Fianna Fail councillor Shay Brennan says that “a preferred bidder has now been selected for the works at Meadowbrook.”

“We have been told that these works will take 12 weeks once they commence, however we still need to get clarity on when the contractor can start work given the current covid restrictions,” Cllr Brennan said.

In February of this year, dlr Leisure released a statement apologising for the closure of the pool.

“Due to an issue that occurred on Tuesday, February 25 with pool tiles in the main swimming pool in Meadowbrook, the pool will remain closed until investigations and repair works are completed.

“We sincerely apologise for this issue which is outside our control.”

Therese Langan, a board member of dlr Leisure, said in a statement at October’s meeting that “Meadowbrook pool closed on February 26 and then we went into Covid,” whilst explaining the delay.

The councillors were also presented with a report into dlr Leisure’s finances and internal operation at the meeting which was previously requested by the members.

Fine Gael councillor Jim O’Leary said reports on the company need to be presented more frequently.

“It is wise to get updates on dlr Leisure on a periodic basis, just like we do from dlr Properties,” he said.

“This report is already 10 months out of date.

“I’d like to know how dlr Leisure is dealing with the fact that Meadowbrook, which is the biggest pool, is closed down and how they are dealing with the consequences of Covid.”

Labour councillor Peter O’Brien said that the council is “footing the bill” for the repair works on the Meadowbrook pool and would “welcome a more regular update from dlr Leisure Services.”

Langain said dlr Leisure “wants to be transparent and accountable, there is no doubt about that.”

Brennan told Dublin Gazette that because dlr Leisure is a for-profit company, reports on its finances have to be measured.

He said: “Obviously dlr Leisure (and other council entities) operates in a commercially competitive space so there is an awareness of putting commercially sensitive information into the public domain and this was acknowledged at the meeting, there was no feeling that DLR Leisure is unduly lacking transparency in relation to its finances.”

At October’s meeting, it was agreed upon by council electives to receive a bi-yearly report from dlr Leisure on its operation and finances.

Dlr Leisure has been contacted for comment.

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