Scartho Baths: Great-grandmother collects 900 signatures against closure plans
"SCARTHO Baths has saved my life and I do not know what I would do if it went."
That is the plea to save the threatened facility of great-grandmother of eight, Violet Schulte, who has collected a 900-signature petition against the plans to close the centre.
Every day since quitting smoking 20 years ago, she has cycled to the swimming baths from her home of Weelsby Street to exercise and meet friends.
As reported, in January, North East Lincolnshire Council (NELC) announced its plans to build a replacement next to a refurbished Grimsby Leisure Centre, in Cromwell Road, as part of a £9-million revamp of leisure facilities.
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A controversial three-week online consultation on leisure provision was launched by NELC on November 8 – which has been criticised by campaigners, as residents can not make comments. Violet also fears she would not be able to use the new centre if the plans went ahead.
She said: "How can I pedal all the way to The Willows? I would be petrified.
"Everything is there at Scartho Baths. It has made me healthy, helped keep my weight down and keeps me active. It is a shame they want to pull it down. They should do the necessary repairs.
"The Government health chiefs say it is important to keep the over 60s active. What else can I do to keep healthy?"
The campaigner stood outside Asda superstore in Grimsby and car boot sales at Pleasure Island to gather a total of 900 signatures.
Violet said: "Everyone is behind the campaign. There wasn't a single person for closing it.
"The facilities are superb. There is a sauna, steam room and a diving bay. It is kept very clean.
"I have enjoyed going all these years and hope future generations can get the benefits. The baths are for the kids as well.
"Exercise keeps the brain active. It is all relaxing and I have met some lovely lady friends.
"Being fit allows me to get out and meet other people and do shopping. I have to keep going and have to keep active."
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