From Bristol Conservatives
Lead campaigner in the fight to save Bishopsworth Swimming Pool has written to twenty-two Bristol schools in his effort to win a reprieve for the popular baths.
Councillor Richard Eddy, who previously raised an 8,000 named petition against the plan to shut the pool, is arguing that there is insufficient swimming capacity in south Bristol to cater for the demand from local residents and school users.
Under the existing Swimming Strategy timetable set by the Lib Dem-controlled Council, Bishopsworth and probably Jubilee pools are due to close in December, ahead of the opening of the new Hengrove Park Leisure complex in February 2012.
Cllr Eddy (Con, Bishopsworth), a regular swimmer at his threatened community pool said: “The axing of this pool was a key issue in Bishopsworth at the last election.
“Of the two threatened south Bristol pools, Bishopsworth was always considered by the cross-Party Swimming Strategy Working Group as being far more financially viable if choices ever had to be made over their retention.
“In the last academic year alone, twenty-two schools – including St Peter’s, St Pius, Fair Furlong and Four Acres – all sent young people along to Bishopsworth for swimming lessons.
“I have now written to the head teachers of each of the schools on this lengthy list, asking them whether the proposed closure of our pool will make them any the less likely to fund such important classes for their pupils in the future.”