Swimming pool to be part of multi-million euro leisure complex – Wicklow Minister
Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has welcomed plans by Wicklow County Council to build a pool in West Wicklow as part of a multi-million euro leisure complex.
Minister Donnelly recently spoke to both Wicklow County Council chief executive Frank Curran and Deirdre McCormack from the Community Pool for West Wicklow campaign group.
At the meeting Mr Curran revealed the council have ambitious plans for the new development near the Avon hotel in Blessington which is set to include not just a pool but also a state-of-the-art running track.
It is also planned the new development will link up with the Blessington Greenway.
Minister Donnelly said: “I have been a strong supporter of the campaign to have a pool in west Wicklow so I was delighted to see the scale of the plans being proposed by the Council.
“Not only are they looking at building a pool but they are also looking at making it part of a wider leisure complex with a running track.
“At the moment there is no pool for the public to use in the west of the county which is simply not something that can be allowed to continue.
“I know the Council is fully behind making this project happen and I will be giving it my full backing to make sure we get it across the line.”
In a statement released to Minister Donnelly by WCC they confirmed they are in the process of applying for a grant in order to survey the proposed site.
A spokesman for WCC said: “The Council is very supportive of the community in West Wicklow and their desire to have a Swimming pool located in their area.
“The Council collaborated with the community to make an application for sports capital funding to prepare a detailed feasibility study to support a future application for funding for the pool itself. This application was unsuccessful.
“We are now preparing an application under the 2020 Town & Village Enhancement scheme for funding (Max is €200,000) to carry out such a study which will also include an overall plan for the Council-owned lands adjacent to the AVON hotel, Blessington to include a site for a pool and leisure complex and a carpark for the Blessington Greenway, which will serve both developments, along with other uses.
“The closing date for applications is the 30th September and each Council can submit up to 10 applications”.