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Haslingden pool could be closed in months
HASLINGDEN Swimming Pool could close within two months.
Council officers have recommended that the East Bank Avenue baths are shut down after they ruled that ‘no viable expressions of interest’ had been made to keep the venue open.
A final decision will be made at a full Rossendale Council meeting in Futures Park, Bacup, next Wednesday.
Sue Ives, chair of the Friends of Haslingden Baths campaign group, declined to comment on the report by Helen Lockwood, the council’s chief executive, and Martin Kay, general manager of Rossendale Leisure Trust.
Two private investors withdrew their plans to take over the pool, leaving the Friends as the only interested party.
However, they indicated in their submission that they were unable to proceed with a Community Asset Transfer Bid.
A report ahead of next week’s meeting said: “It was recognised by both parties that the alternative proposal would still require significant council funding over a period of years, as work would be needed to develop the proposal, and if successfully implemented, would still result in a revenue deficit.
“No evidence or market intelligence was provided to support the business growth assumptions. The alternative proposal does not provide the council with adequate assurances or a sustainable solution.”
The pool was diagnosed with ‘concrete cancer’ in September 2011 and experts estimated it would cost £1.5 million to fix.
An 8,049-name petition was presented to the council when money was directed to a project in Rawtenstall instead of the crumbling pool.
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