Dún Laoghaire Baths proposals scaled down

New plans have been released for Dún Laoghaire Baths by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.

Local residents opposed previous plans. The Save Our Seafront group was set up to campaign against plans for an 8-storey apartment and shopping complex.

Local Green Party TD Ciarán Cuffe said he welcomed part of the proposals but said the amount of landfill planned was not justified, calling it ‘land-grab’. He fears that the council are planning to use the land for new surface car parking.

The council says the scaled down plans for the baths include:

  • Retention and refurbishment of existing Baths Pavilion to provide access to swimming/paddling pool for children
  • A new structure at rear of existing Pavilion to accommodate cafe and restaurant, as well as toilets, changing facilities and lockers on ground floor
  • New structure to accommodate Thalassotherapy and related activities
  • Dart to be covered in to provide new forecourt to Peoples Park – with new railings and entrance gates

“The proposals take account of current fiscal constraints and are intended to stimulate public interest and awareness of what can be created over the next number of years in order to strengthen our coastal defences and link the 3 strategic locations of the East Pier, the coastal promenade and the Peoples Park,” the council said.

The concept proposals are online here (pdf) and can also be viewed at the County Hall, Dún Laoghaire between 9.00 am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday from November 18 to December 17 2010.  A public meeting will be held on Thursday, November 25 in the County Hall.

Green Party TD Ciarán Cuffe, said: “I am pleased that the council has performed a U-turn from its earlier high rise proposals, and I welcome the proposals to provide a café and children’s bathing area on the site.”

But he added: “However, I do not believe that the amount of infill of Scotsman’s Bay is justified. I am also concerned that the council may be proposing to provide additional surface car parking, as I do not believe this is justified. No one wants to see a ‘land-grab’ of the sensitive maritime habitats on the coastline.”

Cuffe added that the current pool should be revamped and opened in the shorter term.

“In the short to medium term, and given the limited funds available in the current economic climate, I would like the council to re-open the existing outdoor pool during the summer. Such a plan could be achieved at a fraction of the cost of the council’s proposals, and would not involve spending €10 million on a costly breakwater. The old Baths have survived without such costly protection,” he said.

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