Pool hopes rise after Minister’s Leixlip visit

NEW Leixlip Town Council chairperson, Colm Purcell, is more hopeful about the chances of a regional swimming pool for the town’s Amenities Centre following the visit of Minister Ring there last week.

NEW Leixlip Town Council chairperson, Colm Purcell, is more hopeful about the chances of a regional swimming pool for the town’s Amenities Centre following the visit of Minister Ring there last week.

Kildare County Council has earmarked the publicly-owned facility as the centre for a regional swimming pool but in the current recession most do not hold up much hope it will come soon.

But following the hour long visit by Minister Michael Ring to the Centre on 17 July, Cllr. Purcell believes Leixlip’s chances have arisen.

“We met the Minister in the Dail last year and invited him out to see the place for himself,” he said.

“He was very impressed with the campus type approach which he prefers.”

While Leixlip will have to wait for a number of projects to be completed before its turn comes, Cllr. Purcell said the Minister is is now looking at the list of applicants for pools. Two in his own county have now dropped out because they cannot come up with the substantial matching funding, which the local authority would provide.

The Minister has now given all applicants until next Christmas to say whether they can realistically remain on the list ie find matching funding.

Cllr. Purcell believes the list may be much shorter then and with the Leixlip venue matching the Minister’s ideas on sports complexes, the town’s changes of getting the central Government support for a regional pool could be much better.

- Henry Bauress