DLR Report on Glenalbyn Pool proposals revealed

by Gary Ibbotson

The Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council report on the proposed development of Glenalbyn Swimming Pool has now been revealed.

The contents of the report outline the development of the swimming pool and the sacrifices Kilmacud Crokes and its members will have to make if the refurbishment of the pool goes ahead.

Drawn up by deputy chief executive Tom McHugh, the report was sent to the chairperson of Kilmacud Crokes, Kevin Foley on October 10, 2019.

Despite the report saying its contents “will become a matter of public record,” it has only now come to light, with Dublin Gazette obtaining a copy.

According to the report, the new pool will be 25 metres in length, with a toddler pool, two fitness rooms and a snack-vending area with seating.

The cover letter of the report says that the pool is “effectively landlocked within Kilmacud Crokes property, and the only access to the site is over private roads […] Accordingly, the only way the council can propose to carry out any development works on the site is with the express consent and approval of the club.”

The cover letter continues to say that development works of Glenalbyn Swimming Pool will impact the running of Kilmacud Crokes.

It reads: “Unfortunately, it is impossible not to adversely affect the club, as the proposed development by the council needs improved and safe vehicular and pedestrian access, which will also impact on the availability of on site car parking.

“There will also be additional traffic movements and parking requirements for pool users.”
According to the report, one of Kilmacud Crokes’ main issues with the development was car parking availability. The report says due to the “reconfiguration of the access road,” car park spaces will be reduced from 57 to 38.

The size of the car park will also be reduced during construction of the pool and access road.

The report also says that it estimates “many more” people will visit the new pool “than was previously the case with the old pool” and “this will most likely result in increased cars and traffic on the site.”

The report estimates that construction of the pool and car park will take 18 months with the Part 8 process and tender documents preparation taking a further 12 months.

John Kennedy, councillor for Stillorgan (FG) told Dublin Gazette, “the mediation process has finished and it is up to the members of Kilmacud Crokes to decide the next step based upon whether they are willing to tolerate temporary inconvenience during the construction phase.

Cllr Kennedy said the council has told Minister Shane Ross that it will be “seeking multi-million Government support for the project to proceed.

“Currently stream one of the Large Scale Sport Infrastructure Fund (LSSIF) support for Glenalbyn’s design phase is expected imminently as I recommended in a motion passed last year and this will likely represent a six-figure amount.

“Once that is granted further multi-million funding support is expected to be sought.”
Dublin Gazette received no reply from DLR County Council and Kilmacud Crokes when contacted for a comment about the report.

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