Residents' bid to take over Haslingden pool

Last year families and staff past and present had a party at Haslingden Pool before it closed

Last year families and staff past and present had a party at Haslingden Pool before it closed

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A NEW group is hoping to block Rossendale Council’s sale of the former Haslingden Pool.

The Haslingden All People’s Pool Initiative - HAPPI - is to coordinate a community bid for the baths or take them over and run them as a community asset.

Bosses at Rossendale Council are selling the pool, which closed last November, and have set a deadline of August 15 for sealed bids for it.

Coun Andy MacNae is supporting the group. He said planning permission would not be required for any new use of the building that falls under the ‘leisure’ category. The founder of HAPPI, Selina Hope, 34, of Hillside Road, Haslingden, said: “I learned to swim at Haslingden Baths and grew up using it as a way to connect with friends at the weekend. We are pleading with the council to transfer the building to us and to give us time to form a strong community group. We are calling out to anybody who would be able to help.

“We intend to approach the council with a strong business plan and lots of ideas for making the pool sustainable.”

Coun MacNae said: “We’ve offered our support on anything they want to put together. We will work with them to transfer the pool at zero cost if there was a good business case.”

Haslingden councillor Granville Morris said: “People should not have to travel out of the area to swim. It would be great if the baths were saved.”

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7:56pm Fri 1 Aug 14

pdb951 says...

Good luck with this plan
Good luck with this plan pdb951
  • Score: 3

8:42pm Fri 1 Aug 14

hairy mary says...

Good on ya make some waves and make a splash
Good on ya make some waves and make a splash hairy mary
  • Score: 3

9:08pm Fri 1 Aug 14

icannotrace says...

Good luck with this and I hope you have a good plan. However do you actually know how much it costs to operate a swimming pool? You will need to have a business head to organise all the other money raising activities that will be required to subsidise the cost of the pool. Again good luck I spent many happy hours a Hassie baths
Good luck with this and I hope you have a good plan. However do you actually know how much it costs to operate a swimming pool? You will need to have a business head to organise all the other money raising activities that will be required to subsidise the cost of the pool. Again good luck I spent many happy hours a Hassie baths icannotrace
  • Score: 2

10:44am Sat 2 Aug 14

her from here says...

Get yourselves organised then take them on and WIN. You have more backing than you think.
Get yourselves organised then take them on and WIN. You have more backing than you think. her from here
  • Score: 2

11:59pm Sat 2 Aug 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

Are you going to rename the place.
The Len Fairclough swimming pool
Are you going to rename the place. The Len Fairclough swimming pool 2 for 5p ridesagain
  • Score: -6

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