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Pool and sports centre will close
Speedwell Swimming Pool
Speedwell Pool is to close
A decision to close a Bristol swimming pool and sports centre has been confirmed at a meeting of the city council's cabinet.

Members heard it would cost the taxpayer at least 300,000-a-year to keep Speedwell Swimming Pool and the Robin Cousins Sports Centre open.

The cabinet was told alternative sports facilities were available or planned.

The meeting was held to reconsider the proposals after its original decision, taken on 29 September, was 'called in'.

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The resulting sub committee and debate at a full council meeting last week led to the matter being referred back to the cabinet for review.

"We have listened carefully to all the views expressed by councillors, residents and regular customers but, on balance, believe that the original decision was the right one," said Councillor Simon Cook, Executive Member for Health Promotion and Leisure.

The two facilities will close from January 2006.

On Friday Bristol City Council will officially open a new dual-use leisure centre with 'dry' and 'wet' facilities at Henbury School.

Later in November it will open the revamped Horfield Leisure Complex with a new swimming pool, large fitness suite and refurbished sports hall.

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