COMHAIRLE CONTAE FHINE GALL FINGAL COUNTY COUNCIL BALBRIGGAN/SWORDS AREA COMMITTEE MEETING (Services B – Strategic & General Matters) THURSDAY 10TH JANUARY 2019 ITEM NO. 40 SWIMMING POOL BALBRIGGAN
Motion: Councillor T O’Leary “That the Chief Executive consider exploring the possibility of new private sector proposal for a swimming pool in Balbriggan maybe including a leisure centre with public access hours guaranteed on whatever lands that this may work, private lands or public lands, but preferably with reasonable road access, public transport access and if possible within a reasonable walking distance of Balbriggan Train Station and or as part of a possible large hotel proposal in Balbriggan and can the Chief Executive report would he be open to consider exploring such a proposal in order to deliver a swimming pool for Balbriggan”.
Report: The Community Culture & Sports Division is carrying out an assessment of a need for a multi-purpose sports facility in the North of the County including the viability or otherwise of a public swimming pool which will be carried out in 2 phases following an initial scoping/market soundings exercise. The objective of phase 1 is to establish the baseline data by carrying out a mapping exercise including an audit of facilities (sports, community etc., public and private) and a Gap Analysis which will be evidence based and future proofed. Phase 2 will entail a feasibility study that will assess funding opportunities, profitability, future business growth, operational models etc., It is anticipated that work on Phase 1 (the gap analysis) will commence in January. Input will also be taken from the public consultation phase of the “Our Balbriggan” strategy development process.