‘West Wicklow has been forgotten about’ – TD demands funding for community pool
Funding must be provided for a community swimming pool for West Wicklow, a local TD has said.
Deputy John Brady spoke out after meeting with members of the Community Pool for West Wicklow campaign group (pictured) recently.
The Sinn Féin TD said the project must be made “a priority” and for Government funding to be made available “to allow the project advance to the next stage”.
Deputy Brady said: “An application for funding has been made to Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport through the Large Scale Sport Infrastructure Fund. The closing date for applications was last April and it was hoped that a decision would be made before now. The funding is needed to allow the project move to the next stage.”
“West Wicklow has unfortunately been forgotten about and it’s the only district in Wicklow that has no swimming pool, it has essentially been discriminated against. The campaign group have put forward all the reasons why we need a pool in West Wicklow and they have the full support of the full community in the west.”
Deputy Brady said he has been in contact with Minister Shane Ross and his department to lobby their support for the pool, adding: “I hope to hear a positive response soon.”
He also said the CEO of Wicklow County Council “are committed” to the project.
Deputy Brady said: “West Wicklow should have not just a first-class swimming pool but other amenities such a community gym. Shoreline in Bray and Greystones are both fantastic public facilities and provide a good template for what should be provided in West Wicklow.”