Fine Gael Cork South Central Deputy, Jerry Buttimer, has welcomed the funding announced for the swimming pools at Douglas and Leisure World Bishopstown saying it demonstrates the Government’s commitment to sports and to developing local communities.
“The Minister’s decision to provide funding for the swimming pools at Douglas and Leisure World will greatly improve facilities and enhance accessibility. Douglas will benefit by receiving over €340,000 and Bishopstown will receive over €200,000.
“Access for people with disabilities will be improved as a result of this new funding which will be used in part to provide for ramps, wider doorways, hoists and purpose built changing facilities. Enhancing accessibility is vital to allowing those with disabilities to use these important amenities. Swimming pools and recreation facilities are not just for athletes and sporting teams, they are important community resources which must be available for use by all. The announcement by the Minister of State for Tourism & Sport, Michael Ring, will ensure that the swimming pools in both Bishopstown and Douglas can be accessed by a wider proportion of the population.
“Part of the funding is to be used under the green swimming pool initiative, aimed at making the pools more energy efficient. This will have long term benefits for both facilities as it should reduce running costs. Every household is aware of the need to be as energy efficient as possible and it is no different for civic amenities. Hopefully the reduced running costs can be used to either improve facilities further or reduce the cost for those using the pools.”