Glenalbyn ‘not best site for pool’ – council

by Aisling Kennedy

GLENALBYN is not the best location for the new swimming pool in Stillorgan, according to a report that was made public last week.
The report, carried out by DKM Economic Consultants, contained a multi-criteria analysis for the new €10m pool in Stillorgan. It was commissioned by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.
The report states that in February, the Stillorgan Leisure Working Group was set up following a meeting of the council.
The working group decided on four options for a new facility: to construct a new facility on the Glenalbyn site; refurbish the existing facility on the Glenalbyn site; develop a new facility on an alternative site in Stillorgan village; or to do nothing.
Following a comprehensive analysis, the DKM report stated: “Option three – to develop a new facility on an alternative site in Stillorgan village – would offer most facilities to the wider community, as in addition to a pool and associated services, it has the scope to deliver a community campus.
“In addition, following the demolition of the closed pool located at the Glenalbyn site, there is potential for an additional facility in the locale.”
Kilmacud Crokes, the local GAA team who have their club grounds on the same site as the currently closed Glenalbyn Swimming Pool, have stated in the report that they would support the construction of a new swimming pool on an alternative site.
The report is now open to the public and comments can be made to the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Citizen Space on the council website until October 2, with a final decision due to be made on the future of the pool at the October council meeting on October 12.
Deputy Shane Ross (Ind) said: “The council’s response has come far too late. Yet another report from DKM consultants has been released for public scrutiny.
“It sets out the four options the consultants see as open to the council. Two of them address alternative routes to re-opening swimming facilities on the site at Glenalbyn. The report needs to be challenged and tested by the community.”
Speaking to The Gazette, Cllr Barry Saul (FG) said: “The lack of progress on Glenalbyn has been deeply frustrating to the local people in Stillorgan. As cathaoirleach and as a local councillor and former user, I will make sure that final decisions are made in order to progress this much needed local facility.”
Cllr Liam Dockery (FF) said: “I agree with the report’s recommendations but nothing is decided yet. It’s important that people read the report now and give their views on it.”
Cllr Neale Richmond (FG) said: “On the whole, I am in agreement with this report – I think it presents a sensible solution.”
Cllr Donnelly and Deputy Ross will hold a public meeting on October 2 at St Raphaela’s Secondary School in Stillorgan to discuss the ongoing plans for the swimming pool site.

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