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Last Updated: Friday, 13 May, 2005, 12:43 GMT 13:43 UK
Pool closed by council to reopen
A swimming pool which was closed down in a district council cost-cutting exercise is to reopen after a private owner came forward.

Wem swimming pool shut in March despite a long-running campaign to save it.

Now, Shrewsbury firm Swim with Style will take on the lease from North Shropshire District Council enabling the pool to reopen in the summer.

Two payments of 25,000 and 20,000 have also been promised by the district council to help with reopening costs.

Pauline Dee, from Wem Town Council and North Shropshire District Council, said a meeting to transfer the lease was successful.

The pool should be open to the public by the end of July, start of August
Pauline Dee, council spokeswoman

"The lease with the district council was 40 a year for 99 years since 1974," she said.

"What was agreed last night was that if they (the district council) surrender the lease to Wem Town Council by Friday 27 May then we have to pass it straight on to Swim with Style.

"The pool would be open to the public and lessons would be also available.

"It needs new boilers, around 10,000 worth of repairs, including work on the roof.

'Victory for people power'

"It should be open to the public by the end of July, start of August which is good news."

Kate Price, leader of the campaign to keep the pool open said it is a victory for people-power.

It was agreed in August 2004 to close the pool in October, but this was put back until March 2005.

Last year, the district council said it could not afford to keep running four pools across its towns.

It is situated on sandy ground causing the pool to shift and that dislodges tiles under the waterline costing thousands of pounds annually in running repairs.

The council will save 180,000 annually by closing Wem pool and ending public swimming sessions at Ellesmere Pool - owned by Shropshire County Council.

A spokesman for North Shropshire District Council said: "The pool was closed as part of cost-saving. We just could not justify the running costs.

"We now believe a deal has been struck with Swim with Style."


SEE ALSO:
Council set to close doomed pool
16 Mar 05 |  Shropshire
Swimming pool closure postponed
14 Oct 04 |  Shropshire
Protest over pool closure plans
09 Oct 04 |  West Midlands
Swimming pool to close next month
01 Sep 04 |  Shropshire


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