Planning permission granted to have a pop-up pool at St. Kevin’s Community Hall in Blessington

Planning permission has been granted for a pop-up pool in Blessington, which will play a key role in the campaign for a sustainable community pool for West Wicklow.

That 12×4 meter pool, which will be heated to 31C and will have both a ramp and hoist for the disabled, is being provided by Swim Ireland.

The pool will be housed in a heated space and will have three changing rooms and will be located on the grounds of St. Kevin’s Community Hall.

The community pool of the West Wicklow Campaign Group enlisted the services of a planning consultant to ensure that the application was as stable as possible.

The campaign’s president, Deirdre McCormack, thinks the pop-up pool will highlight the need for the provision of swimming facilities in West Wicklow.

“We started working on the pop-up pool with Swim Ireland in November, and our campaign for community swimming pools has been going on for four years.

“This is a huge step in the right direction, and for the first time, the pop-up pool will allow local students to learn swimming here in Blessington. Older members of the community have also been asking if there will be adult classes. The pop-up pool is currently Located in Donabet, and they’re running senior fitness classes, and we’ll run something similar.

“We had a meeting with the sports department regarding funding for a swimming pool prior to the plans for a pop-up pool, and they told us that we needed to prove that the provision of a swimming pool resulted in a local Participation will increase. Games. We asked how we can prove that when we don’t have a pool and we were told it is a chicken and egg situation.

“When we first started talking to Swim Ireland about plans for pop-up pools, we went back to the department and asked if pop-up pools would go toward proving the need for a community pool, and He said it would be very beneficial for any future plans.”

Deirdre Swim is due to meet with officials from Ireland and Wicklow County Council to confirm the exact dates for the pop-up pool, which is due in September. St. Kevin’s Community Hall also has ample car parking facilities.

Welcoming the news, Deputy Jennifer Whitmore said: “The pop-up pool will take place in Blessington for a period of approximately four months and will be of huge benefit to the entire community, including schools, sports clubs, community groups and people of all ages. For many, this may be their first time learning to swim.”

Deputy Whitmore has supported the campaign for the development of a swimming pool and sports complex in West Wicklow as a councilor and a TD.

She continued: “The arrival of the pop-up pool in West Wicklow in September is a major achievement and a step towards the development of a permanent swimming pool and sports facilities in the west of the county. West Wicklow has a great lack of entertainment , which needs to be removed immediately.”

Minister Simon Harris said: “The construction of the pool will help address the demand for a permanent municipal pool for West Wicklow and I am sure the community has supported the campaign for a pool that it will be very popular.

“The Wicklow County Plan now includes an objective to deliver a municipal pool in West Wicklow and I look forward to working with Swim Ireland, Wicklow County Council, the Pool Committee and the wider community to help my long-term commitment to a municipal swimming pool.” West Wicklow.

Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said: “I am delighted to be granted planning permission for this project which will be a great attraction for the entire region.

“A lot of work has been done to get a permanent pool for the city and getting a pop-up pool will help show that there is a lot of need and support for a facility like this.

“You will need to book through Swim Ireland to access the pool so they know how many people are using it while it is open and this in turn will help push for funding.

“The dedicated team behind the project says they have already prepared at least ten schools that plan to use the pop-up pool for swimming lessons.”

Deputy John Brady said: “The area of ​​West Wicklow, like many areas of the county, and indeed rural Ireland, has been severely affected by the loss of services and facilities over the years. With closures, and a lack of funds for road upgrades, as well as planning difficulties for locals attempting to build homes in the area, the west of the county has had to work hard to maintain its vibrancy.”