21st March

Local action group opposes urban bath proposal for Dún Laoghaire

The Save our Seafront local action group in Dún Laoghaire has lodged an objection to the proposed 'urban beach & floating pool facility' for the harbour, on the following grounds:

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 Artist impression of the urban beach and float pool facility at Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin

  • No inappropriate development should take place within the harbour and public access should not be further restricted by potential privitisation of a public amenity
  • Unnecessary to locate a FP/UB in a harbour. Other FP/UBs are sited in river, docks or industrial harbour areas in cities to provide beach amentities that don't have access to natural seaside beaches. Dún Laoghaire is situated on the sea with natural amenities on its doorstep with many safe, natural beaches are nearby. 
  • The planned structure is totally out of keeping with the surrounding architecture and will have a negative visual impact. The structures from certain viewpoints will obstruct the vista of the harbour, particularly the mouth with its backdrop of Dublin Bay and Howth Head
  • Inevitable noise and how it will impacat the tranquility of the piers and surrounding areas
  • Negative visual impact of accompanying buildings which would stay in situ throughout the winter months when facilty it closed
  • No certainty that the nature of the facilities would not change in time if the pool/café proved unpopular/non profitable. (The entry cost which is  suggested to be 'around the cost of a cinema ticket' could be prohibitively expensive for many families. Consequently there is concern that for the facility to be viable there could be pressure to sell commercial advertising or to turn it into a nightclub or private party venue, as has happened in some European cities
  • Parking facilities and local access to the area is already inadequate. If only 50% of the projected 140,000 visitors per annum materialise, how will this volume be accommodated
  • Concern that construction and maintenance costs could escalate beyond those projected
  • Uncertainty whether an Environmental Impact Survey has been completed. SoS is waiting for clarification
  • Berth 1 has traditionally catered for visitiing tall ships, naval vessels etc which are important visitor attractions for walkers on East Pier. If vessels are moved to the Carlisle Pier or St Michael's Pier, this would render less visible and accessible to the public
  • SOS has been campaigning for years for a permanent heated all-year indoor pool at the Old Baths as part of its renovation. This would be a more appropriate use of public funds

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