Have a say on pools axe plan

LOCAL residents are being invited to special meetings to find out more about the plans for the future of their local swimming pools.

As part of the ongoing review of swimming pools in the borough, Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust has organised two public meetings that will allow people to find out more, ask questions and have their say.

A recent report to the council’s cabinet on the future viability of the borough’s pools identified that the continued operation of the facilities in Hindley and Tyldesley are becoming increasingly unsustainable.

The council, like others across the country, is facing significant pressure on its resources and has vowed to prioritise front-line services that people in the borough rely upon.

As a result the council has called for expressions of interest from community groups, voluntary organisations, commercial companies and others concerning the future operation and management of the pools.

Wigan Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure, Coun Chris Ready said: “We know that people will feel passionately about their local pool and we want to explore every possible option for keep this facilities within our communities.

“An important part of this process is listening to people’s views to understand the implications of the proposals fully. We would invite anyone who has an interest in the future of Hindley or Tyldesley Pools and would like to talk about them in a constructive manner to come along to the public meetings.”

The first will be the Hindley Pool Public Meeting which will take place at 6.30pm on Thursday July 14, at Hindley Leisure Centre on Mornington Road, Hindley.

The Tyldesley Pool Public Meeting will take place at 6.30pm on Tuesday 19 July at Tyldesley Rugby Club, St. Georges Park, Astley Street, Tyldesley.

The council has produced an information pack for anyone considering expressing an interest in running one of the pools

Get one by writing to:

l Wigan’s Head of Culture and Leisure Penny McGinty c/o Katie Long, Gateway House, Standishgate Wigan WN1 1AE

l Telephone no. 01942 828929

l Email: interest@wigan.gov.uk

l Residents can also express their views in writing by letter or email at the above addresses.