Since the closure of Glenalbyn Swimming Pool was announced in late 2013, I have continuously highlighted the plight of the pool users. I attended meetings, took part in the pre-Christmas protest outside Stillorgan Shopping Centre.
After I was elected in 2014, I have campaigned vigorously along with Minister Shane Ross, T.D., for the re-opening of the pool. We jointly organised three well-attended public meetings and have continued to stress the importance of this amenity to Stillorgan and the surrounding areas. I am personally disappointed that the schools, special needs groups and clubs in the vicinity have lost out so much. I have continuously asked management for updates and following a number of meetings I hope that this will have progressed soon. I believe that the ongoing campaigning highlighting the importance of the pool has kept it on the DLRCC agenda over the last few years.
I set up a dedicated Facebook page where you can follow the progress on Glenalbyn Swimming Pool. We also started an on-line petition so that the DLRCOCO management will know how much support there is for the re-opening of the pool
In summer 2016, Irish Water announced plans to cover the three lakes that make up Stillorgan Reservoir. This announcement caused grave concern for some of the residents in the surrounding areas, particularly Stillorgan Heath, Merville, Woodford, Brewery Road and Leopardstown Road. I attended the public consultation events run by Irish Water and discussed this project with officials and also participated in a site visit to appreciate the enormity of this project, which will take place over a number of years. I have also met with a number of residents who voiced their concerns. I submitted a lengthy observation to Irish Water and to DLRCC Planning Dept. I am insisting that the concerns of the residents in relation to the future construction work be taken into account i.e. noise, pollution, drainage, construction, and more. I have also requested a designated communication email or phone number where residents who have concerns may contact a dedicated member of staff who is briefed on this project.
Over that last few years I have been contacted on a number of occasions regarding the parking problems in and around Foxrock Village. In 2015 a decision was made to open a carpark to accommodate visitors to the village. Since then I requested a number of updates from management on its progress. I am delighted to announce this is now open and will hopefully alleviate some of the traffic problems that have existed, benefitting businesses, residents and visitors alike.
In 2014 I put a motion on the Local Area Committee agenda asking for repair work to be carried out on the laneway behind Baumann's in Stillorgan. This area was in a state of neglect and disrepair and badly needed an upgrade. A Taking-In-Charge process commenced after that followed by a period of public consultation. Since then I have requested regular updates on the progress from DLRCC management. I am delighted to say that the upgrade project has gone out to tender and work will commence this summer.