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Bradford South MP Gerry Sutcliffe ‘appalled’ over proposals to close four pools
A Labour MP has mounted a surprising attack on Labour-led Bradford Council over plans to move four of the district’s swimming pools.
Bradford South MP Gerry Sutcliffe said he was “appalled” at the proposals, saying they went against the whole idea of the Olympic legacy.
Bradford Council has unveiled proposals to build three community pools in locations yet to be revealed around Bradford and one ‘super-pool’ in the city centre.
But Mr Sutcliffe said his constituency looked like it would lose out under the plans.
He said: “I’m appalled by it. Last year when they commissioned plans for an outline of investment in the district’s sports facilities, it was done as a background to the Olympics and the Paralympics – we were asked to look at the plans for legacy.”
Mr Sutcliffe said replacing Richard Dunn with a new city-centre facility was no good for his constituents.
He said: “My argument with that is how are the people of Bradford South going to get to the city centre?”
He said he was amazed that the Council had not spoken to him before unveiling the plans, in his capacity as both Bradford South MP and a former sports minister.
He said: “They could have had the courtesy to have had a chat with me about my feelings about this.
“I think the Council has got to be very careful here, or it will be seen as a betrayal of the future of sports facilities for Bradford.”
The Council’s executive member for sport, Councillor Andrew Thornton, said: “This is obviously the start of the process that will involve considerable consultation with users of swimming pools across the district to ensure that when we come forward with final proposals, that we have taken into account the views of a great number of people.”
He said the pools which would close were outdated and cost a great deal to run, and the four new pools would open before the old ones shut.
And he said one of the new community pools would be in the south of Bradford, while another would be in the south-west.
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