Campaign to save Narberth pool

Western Telegraph: Campaign: Narberth Swimming Pool's closure threat is being opposed.
PICTURE: Gareth Davies Photography
 (3151185) Campaign: Narberth Swimming Pool's closure threat is being opposed. PICTURE: Gareth Davies Photography (3151185)

A campaign is gathering strength to keep the threatened Narberth Swimming Pool’s head above water.

Pembrokeshire County Council wants to close the 40-year-old facility on April 1, which would save the authority £126,000 a year.

However, an action group is now hoping to work on a business plan with the council, which could see the pool being independently run.

“We are currently exploring and analysing options,” said John Sleigh, on behalf of the Friends of Narberth Pool. “Positive progress is being made, but there’s still a long way to go.”

The Friends’ action group has already met with county council officials, and the authority has said it is willing to consider transferring the freehold of the pool, which is the only stand-alone council-owned pool in Pembrokeshire.

There has also been a meeting with energy suppliers and consultants to discuss the possibility of savings being made using a biomass boiler at the pool.

The council is holding a public consultation is currently underway on the closure proposals. It says that the pool is coming to the end of its economic life, and has falling admission numbers.

Paid admissions in 2012/13 were 40,648 - a drop of more than 7,000 from 2009/10.

Further information and response forms are available on the council’s website at www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/haveyoursay.

The closing date for responses is Friday January 31.

County councillor Elwyn Morse, who is a member of the action committee and a regular user of the pool, said: “Although these are early days into the project, I am pleased with the progress being made by the Friends of Narberth Pool, who are looking at every available option to secure the pool’s future.”

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