The St Thomas Multisport Campus takes two huge steps forward
Declan Ryan, Chairman of DSDAC, is delighted to inform members that on Wednesday 17th April two significant steps have been taken on the club’s journey to have its Campus in St Thomas become a reality. Application for planning permission for the Campus has now been submitted This morning, Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council have lodged a Part 8 planning application for an extensive multisport campus on the St Thomas Estate. This has followed an intense period of work between the Club and officials in the Council. DSD’s plan to have a multisport campus catering for athletics, gymnastics, fencing, archery, cycling, Special Olympics and triathlon was received favourably by the Council who have since partnered with the Club to prepare all the material for an application for planning permission that will see this plan become a reality. The new design incorporates a international standard 8 lane 400 metre running track and a sports hall with ancillary rooms. It will take a couple of months for the process to take place, and we are optimistic that we will see planning permission granted. You may wish to view the full impressive plans for the development here on Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council’s website ( https://dlrcoco.citizenspace.com/parks/pc-pks-01-19-proposed-development-of-a-running-tra/ ). Application for Funding for the Campus has also been submitted Then this afternoon, an application to seek funds from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport’s “Large Scale Sports Infrastructure Fund” (LSSIF), was submitted, again by Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and DSD. The submission has required a gargantuan amount of work by DSD and Council officials over the last few months, and indeed the active and engaging role of the minority sporting clubs that started out in this journey with us: Fencing Ireland, Dundrum Archers, Trojan Gymnastics, Orwell Wheelers, Belpark Tri and Special Olympics. This LSSIF process is new, and we therefore assume it will take months before we know our fate. We believe our submission is very strong and are hopeful we will be successful in securing funds for the project.