Press release

Independent Councillor calls on City Manager to “act now to save Swimming Pools”

“€30 Million property tax windfall could help keep the 3 pools open”

 

Independent City Councillor Cieran Perry has called on the City Manager to “Act Now” to save the three public swimming pools under threat of closure by Dublin City Council. An unexpected £30 Million collected in the Non Principal Private Residences property tax could provide funding to help keep the pools at Sean Mac Dermott Street, Coolock and Crumlin open.

At the April City Council meeting a motion proposed by Councillor Perry was passed unanimously. It is now City Council policy to keep the pools open. Officials were also directed to actively seek sources of funding to operate and maintain these important local facilities. Despite the passing of this motion, the City Manager seems determined to close these facilities in August. At a recent meeting between DCC and community / user groups it was clear that the Council was making no effort whatsoever to work constructively with the community, and all the indications were that no attempt would be made to seek funding.

This lack of genuine engagement has angered Councillor Perry who stated: “The communities that will suffer as a result of these pool closures have made their opposition very clear. A unanimous vote to keep them open was taken at the meeting, and the Manager has been given a very clear mandate on how to act."

Councillor Perry continued “I am calling on the manager to act now and commit to keeping these pools open. The community are determined not to lose these essential amenities, and the manager will regret provoking a confrontation on this issue.”


Councillor Perry has pointed out a property tax windfall that could provide a solution, and is urging the City Manager not to waste this opportunity. According to the Department of the Environment the £200 levied on people with more than one property will raise over £68 million, which is £30 million in excess of what was expected. One third of the levies were raised in Dublin, so it is expected that approximately £10 million of that excess is due to be paid to the local authorities.

According to Councillor Perry: “The money raised is far greater than expected, with £10 million due to be paid directly to local authorities in Dublin. As this money was unexpected, it has not been budgeted for, and its use has not been decided yet. Dublin City Council must use some of this windfall to continue funding for the three swimming pools and I will be recommending this to the City Manager”.