A swimming pool development is set for Castlands in Balbriggan after it emerged as the number one facility in demand in the town during the recent 'Our Balbriggan' public consultation on plans for the town's future.
North Fingal Pool campaign extends a massive thank you to its supporters and the committee are very grateful for the submissions made to the Castlelands Masterplan calling for a Swimming Pool for Balbriggan town and the subsequent calls during the Our Balbriggan strategy public consultations. We have over 2000 supporters and the committee have been meeting regularly since our establishment in early 2018. We are thrilled that our cause is now firmly on the agenda and we will continue to lobby and work with our public representatives to ensure this commitment by Fingal County Council is delivered and development can begin immediately. We are soon to meet again with our local Fingal County Councillors and public representatives, TD and senators most of whom have already committed to meeting at the end of this month. We will also be calling for a meeting with Fingal Chief Executive Paul Reid.
North Fingal Pool Committees campaign began as a result of a huge response to a call on social media by local man and activist Anthony Flaherty. A public meeting was held with public representatives and local Fingal Councillors including Tony Murphy, Grainne Maguire and Malachy Quinn. A committee was soon set up and has been meeting regularly to discuss how to make this project a reality.
(pictured some of the NFPC members) Niall Keady,Laly Calderon, Áine O'Beirne, Oghenetano John Oghenetano, Garrett Mullan
The North Fingal Pool campaign has nearly 2000 followers and they played a big part in getting the demand for a swimming pool on the agenda. Following a call by one of our members Niall Keady through his blog Balbriggan News for Balbriggan people to engage with the public consultation process for Castlelands Masterplan and to include a swimming pool the response was overwhelming. The consultation had only attracted 20 responses several weeks into the process. Following the post on Balbriggan News in August over 300 people had responded when it closed some days later. The Pool Campaign also asked their followers to raise awareness and demand a swimming pool through the resent Our Balbriggan Strategy consultation process.
Niall Keady also met with the leader of the government opposition in September at a Fianna Fail meeting that included Micheál Martin TD, Darragh O'Brien TD & Senator Lorraine Clifford-Lee where he made it clear that it is a hugely important amenity for the area. All agreed and committed to delivering a pool for Balbriggan.
The North Fingal Pool campaign also wish to acknowledge the support they have received from Senator Lorraine Clifford Lee who has raised the matter several times in the Seanad and also to acknowledge the input from Cllrs Barry Martin, Tom O'Leary and in particular Cllr Malachy Quinn whom all raised the issue publicly with Fingal County Council. Cllr Malachy Quinn was predominantly helpful with the establishment of our committee.
North Fingal Pool Campaign are committed to ensuring that a swimming pool is delivered for the people of Balbriggan. There have been promises and commitment in the past, interestingly all at election time too, this time however an independent committee is in place and will keep the pressure on and continue to lobby to ensure this becomes a reality.