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Fears for future of Haslingden swimming pool
11:45am Friday 29th June 2012 in Rossendale
QUESTION marks have re-emerged over the future of Haslingden Baths as part of a major spending review by an East Lancashire authority.
Around £1.3million needs to be saved over the next two years by Rossendale Council.
Between £100,000 and £200,000 of this may come from a review of its working relationship with Rossendale Leisure Trust.
Coun Darryl Smith, the valley’s Conservative leader, has sought reassurances that the Haslingden pool, the subject of a preservation campaign last year, will not be in the firing line.
He told a cabinet meeting: “The figure we are looking at is along the lines of the running costs of the swimming pool.”
But leaders of the Labour-run council have insisted that no decisions have been made on where the axe will fall — and pledged to consult fully on all future options.
Council leader Coun Alyson Barnes said: “I am determined no to pre-empt any consultation process by saying anything about what we expect to happen because I think it would be wrong to do so.
“We are establishing a group of stakeholders around leisure services and I am very keen that they help us to identify these savings.
“I am not prepared to say what would be in or what would be out.”
Coun Andrew MacNae, regeneration cabinet member, said the leisure trust was keen to work with the council as part of the process. Swimming clubs and users have been lobbying to safeguard the pool.
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