Future of James Stephens pool in doubt

A NUMBER of local sports clubs have made representations to the borough council for the use of the former James Stephens swimming pool – but the future of the building remains uncertain due to its poor condition.

A NUMBER of local sports clubs have made representations to the borough council for the use of the former James Stephens swimming pool – but the future of the building remains uncertain due to its poor condition.

Two different boxing clubs have expressed an interest in using the site as a base for their activities. But county manager Joe Crockett has warned that the building, at present certainly, is not fit for purpose.

“The members should be aware – it is in very bad shape,” he said.

“I would caution against people raising their hopes in terms of its future use.”

Mayor Sean O’ hArgain said he was sure there were many local clubs and sports groups with an interest in using the building.

“We welcome any suggestions we get regarding its use, but we are very much in the early stages of negotiations,” he said.

“We need to clarify as to the state of the building. The council officials will come back to us with developments in relation to the long term integrity of the structure, how the Central Access Scheme will affect it, and parking in the area.”