Sinn Féin welcomes new council owned gym in Ballyogan but calls for fee fairness
Sinn Féin Councillor for Sandyford Glencullen Chris Curran, has welcomed the opening of DLR Leisure Services' new facility in Ballyogan and has described it "as a much needed boost for the local community".
However, on inspection of the fee structure, new members will be required to pay the same amount as other DLR Leisure Service users even though the facility doesn't have a swimming pool like the other council owned leisure centres in Meadowbrook, Louglinstown and Monkstown.
"At the moment, the current full annual membership fee of €360 allows members to use any council owned gym - which generally represents good value but not in this case because Ballyogan has no swimming pool and won't for a few years and public transport links to other council gyms are lacking.
“Given the absence of a swimming pool, I'm calling for a lower cost, centre specific membership to be introduced to allow greater access to more people to the gym.
“The Leisure Centres are operated by a Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council owned, special purpose vehicle called DLR Leisure Services Ltd and some councillors are also directors of the company, so there's no reason why a fairer fee structure can't be put in place to encourage greater involvement of the local community.
“Sinn Féin will be tabling a motion requesting the DLR Leisure Services to examine their current fee structure.”
The motion reads as follows;
Noting that DLR Leisure Services operate a membership policy that allows members to use any DLR Leisure Service facility, this council will write to DLR Leisure Services to request them to introduce a reduced price non-transferable membership at the Ballyogan gym because the Ballyogan Gym doesn't have as many facilities (no swimming pool) as Louglinstown, Meadowbrook or Monkstown, yet is charges the same price.