Wednesday 7 December 2016

Street of social houses may be demolished to make way for swimming pool

Laura Lynott and Ciara Treacy

Published 18/05/2016 | 02:30

Some of the homes in St Laurence’s Park. Photo: Ioan Hiliuta
Some of the homes in St Laurence’s Park. Photo: Ioan Hiliuta

Local TDs have said it is a "disgrace" that an entire street of social housing in Dublin could be demolished to make way for a swimming pool.

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St Laurence's Park in Stillorgan, currently home to two residents, has been earmarked for demolition by Dún Laoghaire/Rathdown County Council.

One option being considered by the council is to relocate Glenalbyn Swimming Pool -which closed in 2013 amid health and safety concerns - to the street. A consultation process is under way to determine whether the pool will be relocated there or developed at its existing site.

"It's an utter disgrace that council homes that are so desperately needed by people could be lost in order to facilitate a pool," Dún Laoghaire TD Richard Boyd Barrett said.

"Everyone wants to see the pool rebuilt - but keep it where it was. Do not demolish an entire street of social housing."

The council has relocated most of the residents and directed that the majority of the 16 maisonettes be boarded up until a decision has been made.

One elderly woman, since relocated from the street, said she "didn't want to go".

Councillor Deirdre Donnelly argued it would be "cheaper and quicker" to develop the pool at its current location. A spokesman for the council - which has an 11-year waiting list for social housing - said any future redevelopment would include the provision of extra housing.

Irish Independent

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