€1.1m water safety centre and new toilets for Curracloe beach
A new €1.1m water safety centre in Curracloe will be built next year.
Director of Services John Carley said Wexford County Council, in conjunction with the Wexford Area Committee of Irish Water Safety, plans to build a water safety training centre at Curracloe adjacent to the car park at Whitegap in Curracloe.
Mr Carley said a detailed process of assessment and site selection has been undertaken and a Part 8 planning process will be used. The development will comprise training and meeting facilities, dry and wet storage areas for life saving equipment, replacement of the existing toilet block, welfare and shower facilities for staff and the provision of toilet facilities for the public. A bring centre will also be integrated into this development. This will be one of three facilities in Ireland, along with those in Tramore and Miltown Malbay.
The facility will serve as a training centre for beach lifeguard training courses, pool lifeguard courses, swimming teacher courses, swimming examiner courses and inshore rescue. It will be a venue for national and international surf life-saving competitions, a storage facility for beach life saving equipment. Tender documents are expected to be issued in December, with a contract due to be awarded in February 2016, with works due to begin in late Spring, early summer next year. The centre is due to open in early 2017.
Mr Carley said grant funding will be used to fund the project. He said Wexford has a large number of volunteers who help keep our beaches safe, carrying out rescues off our coast every summer.
Cllr Fergie Kehoe welcomed the announcement, pointing out that Curracloe is one of the most popular beaches in the South East. He praised Tom Doyle and everyone involved in water safety in the county for their hard work.
Cllr Robbie Ireton also welcomed the new centre. He asked if children from across the county will be taught water safety in Curracloe.
Cllr Deirdre Wadding expressed concern about building works taking place in Curracloe next summer with the large number of people visiting the beach.
Mr Carley said this fact will not be lost on builders, adding that traffic flow will be considered.
Mr Doyle said children will be taught water safety in their own local areas.