Minister Ross urged to commit to Ballyogan Swimming Pool
Sinn Féin Councillor for Sandyford Glencullen, Chris Curran has called on Minister Shane Ross to assert his commitment to Ballyogan Swimming Pool and the completion of the second phase of the Samuel Beckett Civic Campus.
Councillor Curran said the Minister’s campaign for the reopening of Glenalbyn Swimming Pool has led to a local believe that he is not committed to the Ballyogan pool and he should dismiss those concerns.
Speaking today Councillor Curran said;
“The reality is that Glenalbyn Swimming Pool will be rebuilt and I’d urge the council and any other stakeholders to enter into daily communication to expedite the process.
“However, what about the €20 million phase two on the Samuel Becket Civic Campus in Ballyogan which is heavily reliant on a multi-million Euro, Local Authority Swimming Pool grant from Minister Ross’s Department of Sport. The council applied for the grant and the application was declined in early 2016.
“Last year, Sinn Féin successfully passed a council motion to ensure that the council reapply for the grant and for the council to prioritise the issue in the Rathdown area.
“But why doesn’t the Minister campaign on this issue?
“As every year goes by, the completion of the council’s flagship sports venue becomes more unattainable because of tender inflation. The Carrickmines, Stepaside and Leopardstown areas are facing large scale residential development and the vicinity is void of local amenities. We have a problem with anti-social behaviour and the completion of the complex is integral to combating it.
“In a recent survey carried out with the assistance of the council’s community development team, the need for the construction of the pool and the completion of the Samuel Beckett Civic Campus was the primary finding.
“Minister Ross cannot campaign in one part of the constituency on an issue that is purely a council issue while remaining silent on an issue for which he has a role in finding a solution.
“The high profile campaign by Minister Ross in support of the reopening of Glenalbyn Swimming Pool has led to a local believe that he has no commitment to the Ballyogan Pool and the completion of phase two of the Samuel Beckett Civic Centre.
“He should dismiss this concern and assert his commitment to the delivery of the project immediately.”