Locals say that the Balbriggan swimming pool is long overdue
Locals say that the Balbriggan swimming pool is long overdue

PUBLIC consultation on the planned Lucan swimming pool is now open, allowing the public to have their say on the design of the long awaited pool.
News emerged last week that the design of the pool had been approved, allowing the project to move on to Part 8 of the planning process.
The latest development has been welcomed by local representatives. Cllr William Lavelle (FG) said: “The commencement of this planning process marks a major milestone in our community’s united campaign for a pool for Lucan.
“Congratulations to all who have played their part in this campaign, including the resident-led #Pool4Lucan campaign and all my fellow local councillors.
“Together we have ensured that South Dublin County Council will contribute over €9 million to this project.”
The announcement was also welcomed by Cllr Paul Gogarty (Ind) and Cllr Liona O’Toole (Ind), who both urged as many people as possible to give their feedback on the design.
The development will consist of a new single-storey public swimming pool building, including a gymnasium and fitness suites, changing facilities and cafeteria and associated accommodation, comprising 3,308sq m of internal accommodation.
Landscaping and public realm improvements will be made to the surrounding area and a new car park will allow for 108 car parking spaces and 88 bicycle parking spaces.
Responding to the news, Helen Farrell, of the #Pool4Lucan campaign said: “It’s extremely exciting to see the plan but I think there’s a lost opportunity if South Dublin County Council don’t build a viewing area in the pool.
“They will lose the ability to host travelling competitions and they’ve been shown to be worth half a million euro to the local economy in Tallaght every time a competition comes to the area,” she said.
The plans can be viewed at http://consult.sdublincoco.ie and at Lucan Library. Members of the public can make submissions on the plans until 5pm on September 11.
Following feedback from the public consultation, councillors will vote to approve, amend or reject the proposals.