Hyndburn MP hits out at threat to swimmers

First published in Hyndburn

HASLINGDEN and Hyndburn MP Graham Jones has launched a scathing attack on ‘draconian’ cuts which could leave Haslingden without a swimming pool.

With plans for new baths put on hold and with the current swimming pool in a poor state, it is feared that Rossendale could be left without crucial community facilities.

Graham Jones MP said: “With a draconian £3million of council cuts made by central government, Rossendale Council has been left with far less funding for capital projects, funding that would have seen the new build Haslingden swimming pool go ahead.

“The current pool is in a poor state with structural and concrete issues. However, that's not to say that without TLC it cannot continue.”

Mr Jones noted that residents have been writing in about the importance of the baths, and that action must be taken.

“David Cameron has called for the Big Society to step in and provide public services to engage in social good,” the Labour MP said.

“It is clear that this is one plausible option, for as the cuts bite deeper there is a grave risk the old pool will close in the near future.”

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5:32pm Fri 15 Feb 13

hassy bloke says...

Might have helped had they not spent all their budget on levelling Rawtenstall centre. So far it has housed a German market, consisting of 3 stalls and a roundabout. Next up is a funfair. Sure the local cider connoisseurs will enjoy it this summer!! Good thinking
Might have helped had they not spent all their budget on levelling Rawtenstall centre. So far it has housed a German market, consisting of 3 stalls and a roundabout. Next up is a funfair. Sure the local cider connoisseurs will enjoy it this summer!! Good thinking hassy bloke
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6:52pm Fri 15 Feb 13

bridgey2000 says...

hassy bloke wrote:
Might have helped had they not spent all their budget on levelling Rawtenstall centre. So far it has housed a German market, consisting of 3 stalls and a roundabout. Next up is a funfair. Sure the local cider connoisseurs will enjoy it this summer!! Good thinking
Totally right Hassy Bloke. The leadership of Rossendale Council thought it was easy to solve the problem of the eyesore - knock it down and it will be rebuilt. Load of nonsense! The Council spent £2.5m on demolition costs that helped nothing but the construction industry - at least it would have given people the opportunity to learn to swim if invested in a new pool at Haslingden (as well as the benefit to the construction industry). A short sighted deal by a leadership interested in Rawtenstall.
[quote][p][bold]hassy bloke[/bold] wrote: Might have helped had they not spent all their budget on levelling Rawtenstall centre. So far it has housed a German market, consisting of 3 stalls and a roundabout. Next up is a funfair. Sure the local cider connoisseurs will enjoy it this summer!! Good thinking[/p][/quote]Totally right Hassy Bloke. The leadership of Rossendale Council thought it was easy to solve the problem of the eyesore - knock it down and it will be rebuilt. Load of nonsense! The Council spent £2.5m on demolition costs that helped nothing but the construction industry - at least it would have given people the opportunity to learn to swim if invested in a new pool at Haslingden (as well as the benefit to the construction industry). A short sighted deal by a leadership interested in Rawtenstall. bridgey2000
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3:16pm Sat 16 Feb 13

BuckoTheMoose says...

If people want a pool they can always pay to use it. If enough use it there won't a be problem.
If people want a pool they can always pay to use it. If enough use it there won't a be problem. BuckoTheMoose
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