SAVE Bingley swimming pool campaigners are urging people to sign up and be counted when a Bradford Council consultation roadshow rolls into town on Wednesday.
The Telegraph & Argus last month exclusively revealed the proposed locations of four new 25m pools the Council wants to build at the expense of Bingley, Richard Dunn, Queensbury and Bowling pools.
The suggested sites, already owned by the council, are Sedburgh playing fields near Odsal, Asa Briggs recreation ground in Queensbury and in Squire Lane, Toller, and would each have six-lane pools
There would also be a city centre pool in Nelson Street with eight lanes, diving boards and and offering everything from family fun swims to competitive swimming galas.
The Council's sport and leisure executive member, Councillor Andrew Thornton, told how the pools would also offer gyms and additional leisure facilities and promised that all aspects of the scheme were up for discussion.
But protests are growing in Bingley to keep the town's pool, despite Council chiefs' belief that there is sufficient capacity for its users to switch to Keighley or Shipley pools instead.
A campaign group, Save Bingley Pool, is now hurriedly working on a rescue plan for the near 90-year-old facility.
"We want everyone to go to the roadshow in the market place on Wednesday afternoon and urge the Council to continue considering making a Community Asset Transfer of Bingley Pool," said its spokesman Dr Jag Picknett.
"The Council's mobile unit will be there from 4pm to 6pm and will have i-Pads for people to make their comments as part of the consultation.
"We want to stress this not about '"us versus Bradford" - we are happy for them to have their four new pools, but don't want to lose ours.
"So people should make as many comments as possible about how important the pool is for Bingley."
Dr Picknett revealed that Save Bingley Pool was in talks with a local organisation regarding a possible new body to run the pool if a community asset transfer took place.
"To that end we are working with that organisation to bid for a £10,000 grant in order to put together a pre-feasibilty study on taking over the management of the pool," she said, adding that more details could not be given at this sensitive stage.
A 4,000 strong petition has already been lodged to save Bingley Pool and the campaign can be contacted on email: bingleypool@gmail or Save Bingley Pool on Facebook.
* Bradford Council's Swimming Pool Consultation roadshow is also takes place at the following venues:
• Morrisons, Girlington, today, 10am - 12pm
• Tesco, Canal Road, today, 1pm - 8pm
• Karmand Centre tomorrow, 10am - 12pm
• Morrisons, Thornbury, tomorrow, 1pm - 5pm
• Khidmat Centre, September 5, 2pm - 3pm
• Milan Centre, September 12pm- 1pm
• Asda, Dudley Hill, September 4, 10am - 12.pm
• Tesco, Great Horton, September 4, 1pm - 5pm
• West Bowling Community Centre, September 4, 6pm - 8pm
• Tesco, Halifax Road, September 5, 1pm - 5pm
• Tesco, Queensbury , September 5, 10am - 12pm