Longford Swimming pool granted €208,000

Longford Town Council has been allocated €208, 670 for a range of efficiency works for the swimming pool in Longford.

Longford Town Council has been allocated €208, 670 for a range of efficiency works for the swimming pool in Longford.

In a statement, the Department of Transport said the money had been granted following an initial application by the Council under the local authority swimming pool scheme in which Longford was unsuccessful.

It is believed the money will go towards the installation of a wood pellet burner, more efficient lighting, and other energy usage and water consumption measures. At a recent sitting of Longford Town Council, Town Clerk Dan Rooney, said the installation of a similar wood pellet heating system had saved other local authorities thousands in their heating bills.

James Bannon TD, who lobbied Minister of State with the responsibility for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring for the grant, said the news was very positive for Longford. “The wood pellet burner will tackle the single biggest cost to the pool. Other works on mobility access will make the pool and its facilities more accessible to the many people in Longford and beyond who use the pool,” Deputy Bannon said.

The money is available immediately but is not expected to be drawn down until September. This is one of a series of grants made to swimming pools throughout the country to improve energy efficiency and enhance disabled access.