Dun Laoghaire Urban Beach Public Consultation

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Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company is holding a public consultation on the development of a floating swimming pool and ‘urban beach’ alongside the East Pier of Dún Laoghaire Harbour.

The development of the facility is an exciting and innovative element of the Masterplan for Dun Laoghaire Harbour, which was published in 2011 after extensive consultation with the local community and other stakeholders.

All interested members of the public – including local residents and businesses, the sailing community, public representatives, and tourism organisations – can offer their views and recommendations on the proposals for the floating swimming pool and ‘urban beach’.  The responses received from stakeholders will inform the development of the project.

The project is supported by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County, and has been inspired by the popular Badeschiff facility in Berlin, a floating swimming pool on the River Spree.  The plan for Dún Laoghaire includes a floating pool containing heated and treated seawater, designed on a recycled river barge, which will be located in the Harbour.  The barge will also house an ‘urban beach’, and a second ‘urban beach’ will be located alongside the floating structure, on Berth 1 adjacent to the renowned East Pier.

A feasibility study for this project was conducted in 2012, and a project design team was appointed earlier this year.  We are hoping to submit a planning application before the end of 2013, with a view to having the new facility operational by the summer of 2015.  In putting together our planning application, we will consider all views and feedback gathered during this consultation process.

The public consultation is open from tomorrow, Wednesday, 28th August, until Friday, 27th September 2013.  Submissions can be made by post to: Urban Beach Design Team, Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company, Harbour Lodge, Crofton Road, Dún Laoghaire, or by email to consultation@dlharbour.ie.

Further information and frequently asked questions will be available at http://www.dlharbour.ie/urbanbeach.

Yours sincerely,
Tim Ryan
Operations Manager
Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company.

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