By Dan Walsh
There is strong local support for the Courtown Adventure and Leisure Centre be incorporated into the ownership and operation of Wexford County Council following the appointment of a liquidator to the business. A social media petition has been launched – #savecourtownpool
On July 28th an application was made to the High Court where Mr Neil Hughes and Mr Conor Noone of Baker Tily were appointed joint provisional liquidators. All queries should be directed to Baker Tily on 01 6699999 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Centre was experiencing intermittent cash flow difficulties, Covid-19 had a significant impact on income, and having consulted the financial, legal and governance aspects of the Centre, the Board of Management were advised that it was not feasible to open the Centre in its current form.
In a statement accompanying the petition signed by Leah Johnston, Killian Ormond and Joy Redmond, they said; “We are calling on Wexford County Council to take over the ownership and operation of Courtown Adventure and Leisure Centre for the people and communities of the surrounding areas. The population of Gorey and its surrounding areas is more than 14,000 – more than New Ross and Ennsicorthy – where there are County Council operated swimming pools!
Cathaoirleach of Gorey-Kilmuckridge Municipal District Council, Cllr Joe Sullivan told WexfordLocal.com that the local Council will use all its powers to influence Wexford County Council come to the aid of Courtown Adventure and Leisure Centre.
Cllr Andrew Bolger said he has spoken to the Chief Executive Officer, Tom Enright, who reported that the liquidators will do their work and there are discussions with several interested parties. “The Council recognises the importance of the pool to the local people and groups. It will need capital investment; money will have to be spent on the facility,” Mr Enright added.
Cllr Donal Kenny said; “I fully support the campaign to save and reopen Courtown Adventure and Leisure Centre. All efforts need to be made and all options need to be explored to overcome the current financial difficulties it is encountering. It is a vital amenity for North Wexford and the many clubs and organisations that use it such as Wexford Water Safety and Special Olympics Club Gorey.”