Hope for pools under threat

Hindley Swimming Pool, Borsdane Avenue, Hindley
Hindley Swimming Pool, Borsdane Avenue, Hindley

SEVERAL interested groups have come forward to take over two of Wigan’s pools which are in danger of closure, we can reveal.

In order to save the council half a millions pounds, Wigan, Leisure and Culture Trust has recommended community organisations and volunteers take over the running of Hindley Pool, in Borsdane Avenue, and also Tyldesley Pool, in Castle Street.

Since the announcement was made more than three weeks ago, eight parties have expressed interest in each of the sites and are seeking information about how viable it would be.

Coun Chris Ready, cabinet member for leisure, said: “The interest we’ve had so far has been really encouraging.

“Several organisations have already made inquiries and we are now keen to hear from anyone else who might also be interested.”

In order to provide further information for potential bidders the council is holding an information session at Leigh Sports Village on Tuesday July 5 at 7pm.

Anyone who is thinking of expressing an interest (or has already done so) is welcome to attend and find out more.

Expert advice from Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust and the council will be on hand who will be able to answer questions about the sites and the issues related to management and operations of swimming pools.

Local charity, Douglas Valley Community, has also offered to provide independent support to organisations who might wish to express interest and they will also be available at the meeting.

If you are interested in coming along to this session book your place in advance by contacting Katie Long at the council on 01942 828929 or email K.Long@wigan.gov.uk.

Organisations who wish to express interest in either of the pools are not obliged to attend this session.

The deadline for expressing an interest and returning a pro forma is July 18 at noon.

Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust is also running a consultation exercise to seek the views of the community on the future of the pools and the consequences of any potential closure.

If you would like to take part in the consultation and give your opinion, email Martin Eden, executive director for healthy living at Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust, at M.Eden@wlct.org or call 705746.