Glenalbyn Pool finally included in Stillorgan Local Area Plan
Rosie Ní Laoghaire, Sinn Féin’s Local Area Representative in Stillorgan, Co. Dublin, has expressed her delight, after this week’s council meeting to discuss the Stillorgan Draft Local Area Plan, that the Glenalbyn pool site has finally been included in the Draft Local Area Plan for Stillorgan 2018-2024.
Ms Ní Laoghaire is however concerned that there is still no clarification regarding funding and a definite timeline for the project.
Rosie Ní Laoghaire said:
“The inclusion of the Glenalbyn site in the Draft Local Area Plan for Stillorgan is a clear sign of Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council’s commitment to provide a swimming pool and leisure facility within the Stillorgan area, and specifically on the Glenalbyn site.
“I highlighted the issue of the Glenalbyn site being outside the Stillorgan LAP boundary since 2007 and called on local politicians to reprioritise the opening of Glenalbyn pool, after five years of the absence of our pool.
“I am delighted that local councillors, and politicians took this on board, albeit at the eleventh hour, at Monday evening’s council meeting in Dún Laoghaire, and voted to amend the Stillorgan LAP boundary.
“This is a welcome affirmation of Dlrcoco’s commitment to rebuild a pool in Stillorgan.
“In recent weeks, Stillorgan residents have been frustrated and angry with their local politicians, as the news of a new pool in Ballyogan, and the renovation of Dún Laoghaire Baths, was announced with no commitment in relation to Glenalbyn pool.
“Dlrcoco’s decision this week is a ray of hope, after five years of stagnant inactivity.
“I remain concerned however that there is still no clarification that funding will be available, to rebuild Glenalbyn pool, particularly in the light of the potential liability of €33 million euro attached to Dlrcoco‘s commitment to the Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company.
“I have grave concerns, that, if realised, the estimated €33 million liability could place the funding of the pool in jeopardy or see an increase of LPT/ Business rates in Dún Laoghaire Rathdown.
“I am calling on Minister Ross to meet with the councillors, as per Sinn Féin’s motion passed last year, to establish a means where the €33 million risk can be mitigated, and the actual funding of our new pool be secured.”