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January 13, 2009

Title problems may stop Dún Laoghaire baths project

Legal impediments contained in the leases and titles on land in Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin, could make the planned redevelopment of the public baths there impossible, according to a local councillor. Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has already spent €270,000 on consultancy fees to develop plans for the baths, but leases and titles dating back to the early 1900s may prevent some developments on the site. Dún Laoghaire public baths had been the subject of controversial development proposals, which were rejected by councillors in 2006 because of strong local opposition. Two outline plans covering the area from the East Pier to Sandycove including the site of the baths, were developed for the council by consultants Royal Haskoning. The plans were put out to public consultation in the autumn. “Concept A” costing up to €129 million to develop, involves a lagoon beach, a pedestrian bridge, an aquatic play area on the old public baths site and a civic space with underground car park of up to 500 spaces.

The Irish Times

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