Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Questions (657)

Bernard Durkan


657. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport when an application for grant aid for a swimming pool in north County Kildare is likely to be accepted and supported either through the sports capital programme or otherwise with particular reference to the need to accommodate the growing population in each of the main towns and adjoining areas in addition to an increasing student population; if negotiations have been advanced in respect of the previously aired project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7088/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

The Local Authority Swimming Pool Programme (LASPP) provides grant aid to local authorities towards the capital costs of new swimming pools or the refurbishment of existing pools.

In January 2016, my Department contacted local authorities and sought expressions of interest in a limited round of swimming pool allocations. There were three expressions of interest received for new pools, two of which were valid , one in Lucan and Ballyogan in Dublin. The third was in North Kildare but was not valid as the Council did not have title to the proposed site. Following an examination of the valid proposals it was decided to include a new swimming pool in Lucan in the LASPP.

The National Sports Policy was published on 25th July 2018 and provided for a Large Scale Sport Infrastructure Fund (LSSIF) with at least €100 million available over the coming years. The fund was launched in November 2018 and is open to applications until 17 April 2019. The fund will initially focus on the requirements and development plans of National Governing Bodies of Sport and Local Authorities, all of which received letters inviting them to make applications. Swimming Pool projects will be considered for funding. The full details of the programme are available on the Department's website.