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Court ruling ends pool protest

Protesters at pool
Sedgemoor Splash is due to close on Sunday

Protesters who occupied a Bridgwater swimming pool in an attempt to prevent its demolition have been forced to leave following a court injunction.

About 30 people carrying banners and wearing swimming costumes staged a sit-in at Sedgemoor Splash pool on Friday.

But despite eight vowing to remain until Sedgemoor District Council backed-down, they left at 1200 BST, when they were informed of the ruling.

Splash will be demolished and Tesco is the sole bidder for the site.

Too expensive

The pool has now re-opened. A council spokesman said: "To allow for maximum swimming time without further disruption, everyone will be asked to sign in to say that they are there for swimming only and will leave the building if and when asked to do so. "

The council said that in order to bring the 18-year-old facility up to scratch it would need to spend about £4m for an extra five to seven years of use, on top of the £700,000 annual running costs.

They were granted the injunction today by a judge sitting in Bristol Magistrates' Court.

The Sedgemoor Splash Pool Users Group served a "pre-action protocol for judicial review" on the council on Thursday claiming there were constitutional and legal failings in the decision-making process that led to the closure agreement.

The proceeds of the sale will be used to fund a new swimming pool in Chilton Trinity Technology College, which will open in three years.

Splash will be open until 1600 BST today and from 0700 BST until 1600 BST tomorrow, after which it is due to close.

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