Pontoon needed in Greystones to prevent swimming accident – Wicklow TD
Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Health Stephen Donnelly has backed calls for a pontoon to be put in place at The Cove.
The worrying trend of young people jumping off the pier into Greystones Harbour has increased fears it is only a matter of time before there is a tragic accident.
Deputy Donnelly said he supported long standing calls for a pontoon.
He said it would be an ideal way of helping children learn to have fun in the water but also provide a safe facility for young people to use.
“There is a growing frustration among local people that there is nowhere for young people to play in the water.
“When I was growing up in Greystones The Mens had a diving board and at one time there was a raft off it but due to shifting sands on the south beach it is no longer a viable location.
“Also there are strong currents there that would make it a risky location for weaker swimmers.
“There has more recently been a push to make The Cove a designated bathing area which would mean it would be allocated a lifeguard.
“I also know there has been a requirement to test the water quality before the council can sanction a new facility.
“There may well be fears about insuring such a facility but it shouldn’t stop projects like these from going ahead.
“Wicklow Harbour has had a pontoon for years which has been a huge hit with local people.
He added: “I will do everything I can to support the push for a pontoon because it’s important we give our kids a safe place to play in the water”.