Haslingden councillor's fears over swimming pool memorabilia

Lancashire Telegraph: Coun Granville Morris Coun Granville Morris

A COUNCILLOR has said he is concerned for future of the trophies and a commemorative plaque at Haslingden Swimming Pool.

Coun Granville Morris, who represents Haslingden, said he has been approached by former users of the baths, which are due to be demolished, who want the sports awards and memorabilia to be kept on public display.

The decision to shut the baths in East Bank Avenue, which opened in the 1930s, was decided at a council meeting in September after a consultation period of more than two years.

The pool closed its doors for the last time on November 3.

Coun Morris said: “People are concerned about where the historical artefacts are going to be situated.

“They should be saved and kept on public display.

“I would like to see them moved to Haslingden Library.

“Or another public area in Haslingden, where the people of the town can continue to see them.

“The pool provided a service to the people of Rossendale, and these are their sporting memorabilia and artefacts.

“There are valuable ones which have gone to the council for safekeeping, but I’d like to know what’s going to happen to them in the future.”

A spokeswoman for Rossendale Leisure Trust said: “The club have kept the very expensive trophies in their keeping.

“We are to house the remainder on their behalf at Haslingden Sports Centre.

“The council has the commemorative opening day plaque in their safe keeping.”

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