Resurfacing at Gus Healy pool to begin after five-year campaign

Resurfacing at Gus Healy pool to begin after five-year campaign
Potholes in the car park of the Gus Healy swimming pool, Douglas/Ballinlough, Cork. Picture: Denis Minihane.

A five-year campaign for urgent road works at a Ballinlough swimming pool has finally come to an end after funding was granted for the works.

Residents and councillors have long campaigned for an upgrade to the road surface at the Gus Healy Swimming Pool, which was described as dangerous.

A busy pool, it is used by dozens of schools and community groups, as well as elderly people.

Temporary works have been done in recent years to fill potholes, but the community has been fighting for a permanent resolution.

Cllr Terry Shannon, local councillor and chair of the Ballinlough Community Association, confirmed that some €325,000 will be spent on the refurbishment works, which will go ahead in September.

"We finally got the go-ahead," Mr Shannon said.

"The road surface itself is subsiding and you can see that in the trees and the lights in the area: the whole thing is giving way and it is dangerous," he added, noting that buses and ambulances entering and exiting the facility have faced issues in recent years.

Cork City Council allocated €100,000 for the project four years ago.

It rapidly became clear that this was insufficient given the scale of the job, with another €100,000 sourced since.

A consultant was appointed to assess the full job, concluding that the final price would be €325,000.

Mr Shannon said, "That was what the delay was - we had negotiations with the finance department to secure the remainder. All sorts of ideas were floated, like doing half the work now and the rest later, but, luckily, we have been able to find the funds."

Work will start in the first or second week of September, with the full project expected to take some 16 weeks to complete.

Access to the pool will be maintained via South Douglas Road, with an alternative traffic management structure expected to be put in place.

Road resurfacing, new lights, drainage and car parking will all be included in the project.

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