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New €1.2m Water Safety Centre for Curracloe 26/09/15

| September 26, 2015

Plans for a new €1.2m Water Safety Training Centre have been unveiled for Curracloe. The Centre, which will cater for the water safety training needs for all of Co. Wexford will be built at Whitegap, at a site adjacent to the main car park in the seaside resort.

The development, which is being spearheaded by Wexford Co. Council in conjunction with the Wexford Area Committee of Irish Water Safety will include training and meeting facilities in addition to dry and wet storage areas for saving equipment as well as facilities for staff and trainees.

As part of the development it is also proposed to replace the existing toilet block in Curracloe with the provision of toilet facilities for the public.

When completed the facility will be one of only three such facilities in Ireland. The others are located at Tramore in Co. Waterford and Milltown Malbay in Co. Clare.

When completed the facility will serve as a training centre for all water safety based activities including beach lifeguard training courses, pool lifeguard training courses and inshore rescue.

The premises will also serve as a storage facility for beach life saving equipment and provide a garage facility which will facilitate the purchase of an inflatable surf rescue boat.

There may also be an economic spin off from the facility because it is proposed that it be a venue for national and international surf life saving competitions.

Several other locations around the county were considered for the development including Courtown, Rosslare, Morriscastle and Duncannon. However, Curracloe was selected on the basis that under a range of heading it was the most suitable location.

Planning for the facility will now be sought using the Part 8 process and the proposal is expected to come before members of the Co. Council for formal approval in December.

It is expected that tender documents for the work will issue around Christmas with work expected to begin before the middle of next year.

At their September meeting members of the Co. Council welcomed the project and Cllr Fergie Kehoe said it was only fitting that it be built in Curracloe.

Cllr Robbie Ireton was told that while all the major training programmes would be held in Curracloe when the facility is complete there would still be some training in other locations including Courtown.

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