There is a call for a swimming pool to be included in the redevelopment of the Baths in Dun Laoghaire.

Chair of Save Our Seafront, Richard Boyd Barrett TD, delivered a petition with nearly 2,000 signatures to the council, calling on the Chief Executive to ensure that a pool is included in this phase of the redevelopment of the historic Baths site.

Richard Boyd Barrett TD said the locals want a pool.  He said: “This is what thousands of people marched for over 10 years ago, and it is what many people expect from the current works.

“The need for a seawater swimming pool is even more obvious than it was when we first started campaigning. Seawater swimming has become increasingly popular over the last few years, with many people swimming all year round. 

“It would be absolutely ludicrous to complete this phase of the project, open the area up to the public and then close it down again to put a pool.  We need our pool now.”

Councillor Melisa Halpin (PBP) added: “Last year, we were clearly told by council officials at a briefing that a pool could be included in this phase and that it would be better value.  The council now seem to be, once again, long fingering the pool part.

“It would be disgraceful if the council allowed the current contractors, who have already caused the plastic shard disaster which has led to a delay of another eight months, to finish up this contract without putting in the much needed and wanted pool.”

A spokesperson for the council told Dublin Gazette a pool is not proposed in this phase of the Dun Laoghaire project.

“The receipt of the petition is noted, however, in this phase of the project a pool is not proposed.

“Instead it is proposed that the new jetty and an area for changing will be created to provide enhanced access to the water for swimmers and to provide a landing point for kayaks and canoes.”