Future of Overton pool threatened with closure will be discussed at public meeting (From Daily Echo)
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Future of Overton pool threatened with closure will be discussed at public meeting
A PUBLIC meeting to discuss the future of an under-threat popular swimming club in Overton will take place next month.
Christina Batten, from Lordsfield Swimming Club Committee, has now warned that the pool may not be able to open next year, but she said the funding issue is still not clear, adding: “We are just trying to get to the bottom of things.”
Writing in a local newsletter, Mrs Batten said a meeting has been arranged with bosses at the school in November to discuss the matter, and a public meeting has also been organised on November 12, at 7.30pm, at Overton Community Centre.
Mrs Batten said: “After over 40 years, Lordsfield Swimming Club is in danger of closing. Like every other school, Overton Primary School has suffered budget cuts, which means that they are no longer in a position to help with the running costs of the pool.
“Lordsfield Swimming Club is working with the school and the school’s governors to try to find a way to keep the pool running, but without the public’s help, we will not be re-opening in 2014.”
She added: “There is a very real chance that the pool will go the same way as so many other school pools and it may close and be filled in.”
The 53-year-old is urging villagers to attend the public meeting, and said: “If it were to close it would affect the village enormously.”
Mrs Batten, a complaints specialist, learned to swim at the pool, as did her two children. She said around 400 children are now registered with the club, and there is also an adult swimming session.
She added: “We need people to come forward who will be able to help with fundraising and people to volunteer. We do run with a skeleton crew.”
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