Huge funding blow for Civic Campus- Minister Ross needs to get his act together – Cllr Curran
Sinn Féin Councillor for Sandyford Glencullen, Chris Curran has called on Minister Shane Ross to provide an explanation as to why his department failed to provide funding for Phase 2 of The Samuel Beckett Civic Campus in Ballyogan.
"I'm delighted that Phase 1 is now finished, but the complex is far from compete and we risk losing Phase 2 for a generation of our young people.
“The two-phase Samuel Beckett Civic Campus was approved by the council. Phase 1 provides basic services while Phase 2 is expected to include a community centre, library, sports building, events area, children's playground as well as a linear park.
“Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council applied for the maximum €3.8million grant under the Department of Transport, Sport and Tourism's Local Authorities Swimming Pool Programme.
“The application was unsuccessful.
"This is a serious blow because the loss of funding will jeopardise, not just the swimming pool, but the additional community facilities that would share the same building.
"The Carrickmines, Leopardstown and Stepaside areas are expected to have to a huge population increase. Our young people are desperate for places to go. The campus offers great hope for sport and community development and I fear that Phase 2 will be put on the long finger now.
“Minister Ross has questions to answer. He can't be acting as a champion for Glenalbyn Swimming Pool in Stillorgan, while burying his head on this one, especially since a key piece of funding for The Samuel Beckett Civic Centre comes from his department.
“Minister Ross needs to get his act together in a hurry, as this stinks of double standards.
“Sinn Féin will be proposing that the council hold a specific meeting focusing on the funding crisis.
“We will also be proposing the levies raised from local developments are ring fenced for the completion of the civic campus.”