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Cllr Curran asks council to see sense on Total Fitness site

22 September, 2015

Sinn Féin councillor for Glencullen Sandyford, Chris Curran, is asking Dùn Laoghaire- Rathdown County Council to see sense in relation to the abandoned Total Fitness site in Ticknock.

Cllr Curran said:

"Local people are concerned about the building becoming a magnet for antisocial behaviour and falling into utter disrepair. The greater community want to see it reopened rather than see it sit and rot."

“Recently a public submission was made during the council's development plan but the council flatly rejected the proposal.

"The building is an eyesore that sits on the side of the hill, overlooking the city, gradually rotting away to ruin.

“The building should never have been built in that location in the first place. The reality is that it's there, it's not being used and is going to waste.

“People want to see the site used. It was first advertised as a state of the art facility with an indoor running track, pools, squash courts, a coffee shop and accommodation for athletes. It's an absolute shame that nothing is happening with it.

“People of all ages used it. It was more than just a gym. It was a centre of the community. Total Fitness was regularly mentioned during the local election campaign and ignoring it is not the solution.

“I had put forward proposals for the council to take over the site and incorporate it into the DLR Leisure Company but that was rejected.

“In last few months I brought it up at a public meeting and people were enthusiastic. Furthermore, I ran an online poll which resulted in a very favourable response.

“The building is over 100,000 square feet and out of reach for small operators so in order to have it functional again the council will need to be innovative in its approach or we'll end up with another relic of the celtic tiger. “

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