Scartho Baths set to close in two years
SCARTHO Baths will close.
That was the statement made by Councillor Mick Burnett, North East Lincolnshire Council’s portfolio holder for tourism and culture, to a room packed full of disappointed residents at a public meeting this weekend.
The fate of the swimming pool in Scartho Road was discussed at the gathering at Scartho Learning Centre and Library, where Councillor Burnett, the deputy leader of the council, said: “We have made the decision and the pool will close in around two years’ time.
“The land may well be sold for housing but no decision has been made.
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“It is not about a land grab and we have done lots of consultation with users.
“The pool is 50-years-old and it is tired.
“The outside of the building is deteriorating and we can’t do a lot of the repairs to the inside of the pool.
“It is made of concrete and the tiles are falling off.
“If we were to drain the pool entirely there would be a risk of collapse, because the water is helping keep it up.
“There will be a new pool built as part of a £7.5-million project at Grimsby Leisure centre.
“It will be a 25-metre pool with a new gym complex which will have 60 pieces of equipment.
“We cannot fund a 50-metre pool like some people want because the running costs are just too much.”
The meeting was arranged for residents to express their feelings about the issue – and many said they wanted more public consultation on the review, claiming a new pool is not needed.
As reported on the front page of the Grimsby Telegraph in January, the plans to revamp leisure facilities in the area were revealed – three years after they were first mooted.
A new stand-alone centre would be built in front of the existing Grimsby Leisure Centre, in Cromwell Road, allowing customers to continue using the current facilities without being affected by the work. Although there will be a new 25-metre pool, the facility will not have a steam room, sauna or diving board facilities.
At the meeting, Alan Barratt, of Waltham Road, Scartho, said: “This is a big decision that affects thousands of people.
“I feel that there has been no public consultation around the matter and the decision has been made.
“Where are the engineer reports condemning the building? Everyone should be given the chance to have their say but this just hasn’t happened.
“If we are going to have a new pool why don’t we build one and make it a centre of excellence including a 50-metre pool and all the other facilities?
“This would bring more people into the area and provide something great.
“Nobody wants the pool to be where the leisure centre is. It is just the wrong location for a lot of people.”
Fellow resident Stuart Jaffray, of Scartho Road, added: “I live a few houses down from the pool and I want to see it stay where it is.
“It is really busy and is always full – especially after the Olympic Games.
“If they must do something it has to be making the existing one bigger. If it is not broke and people still use it then why try to fix it? There is some work that needs doing to it but it could easily be fixed.”
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