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Plans drawn up for community takeover of Bingley Pool
Save Bingley Pool spokesman Jag Picknett said a core group of ten people are now liaising with schools, pool and gym users, Bingley Amateur Swimming Club, Bingley Civic Trust and Age UK.
An exhibition about the campaign has been placed in Bingley Library, where people can also post questions for the committee, and a window in the 5Rise Shopping Centre will be used to post public updates.
Bingley Pool is one of four – with the Richard Dunn Sports Centre at Odsal, Bowling and Queensbury – earmarked for closure as Bradford Council looks to replace centres it says are outdated, with four new facilities.
The exact locations of the new pools are yet to be announced, but it is not expected there will be one in the Aire Valley area.
Dr Picknett said: “We don’t want to deprive Bradford of its four pools, what we want to do is see what we can do to keep Bingley pool open.
“At the moment, we are going ahead with the community takeover route.”
Dr Picknett was yesterday collecting in more copies of a petition opposing the pool’s closure, which are spread throughout shops and businesses in Bingley – 3,675 signatures were collected in the first four days of it being set-up and hundreds more are expected.
Dr Picknett hopes to speak at this Thursday’s regeneration and economy overview and scrutiny committee meeting at City Hall at 6pm, where the Council executive’s decision to move forward with the plans will be examined.
Tory councillor Andrew Mallinson, who chairs the scrutiny committee, called in the executive’s decision.
He thinks work being done by outside consultants developing a city centre plan has not been considered when looking at where the new pools would go, and that there “appears to be no consideration of engaging with community groups to explore other avenues regarding running or maintaining their local pool”.
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