CIARÁN Lynch TD has welcomed the announcement of the third round of grant applications under the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport’s Disabled Access and Energy Upgrade scheme for Local Authority Pools in Cork City, which sees a sum of over €1m being allocated to swimming pools in the Cork region.
There were two rounds of this scheme in 2011 where grants were given on the basis that they would be drawn down by year end 2011.This funding is being provided on the basis that the work will be carried out by September of this year.
Leisureworld in Bishopstown, €201,930 allocated in 2011 has now been granted an additional €195,377 bringing the total sum allocated to of €397,307. The Gus Healy swimming pool in Douglas has received €59,730 having already received €340,270. Churchfield Swimming Pool will receive €212,952 additional to a grant of €180,000 in 2011, which raises the proposed total grant allocation to €393,752
Commenting on the announcement Deputy Lynch said; “This latest release of funds means that over a million euros has now been invested in swimming pools in the Cork region over the last year. The financial support provided by the department to these public facilities is money well spent as it is being invested in the improvement of local services in local communities.”
Deputy Lynch further added, “Our swimming pools along with being used as leisure facilities also play a significant role in promoting public health and the improvements that will be carried out under these grants will certainly encourage even greater use by the public.”