Sports & Leisure
Yiewsley Pool - 1,000 sign petition to keep it open
Local campaigner Gay Brown says:
“We think the need for a health centre is being used as a blind for closing the pool.
All the non-competitive swimming clubs in the Borough have had their pool space and time reduced on the basis that there is a shortage of water space. So you close another pool and create even more of a shortage? The local schools who use it will have to now find a further £8,000 per annum just for transport costs to get to Hayes or Uxbridge instead.
The Council now have a petition of over 1,000 signatures to keep the pool open.
The GP's are not happy about the proposed provision either and the alternative Gordon's Store plot is cheaper and with a three year rent free period. Its also bigger and all on the ground floor right in the high street. There is parking provided and if the ground floor is GP Surgery instead of retail then the delivery yard at the rear can provide even more parking provision.
I have asked the Council to explain to the people of Yiewsley why the pool site could possibly be an improvement! Its not about raising finance as David Simonds suggested either. The developer has done the plans (the same architect as did the four other Health Centres they have built - the last opened by the Secretary of State for Health) and Taylor Wimpey have the finance in place already.
The pool site is smaller than the St. Stephens Corner site that the PCT turned down two years ago as being too small for two surgeries - let alone the three.”