Tuesday, 4 March 2008

Market Rasen Pool

Below is a letter from Giles McNeill printed in today's Lincolnshire Echo:
I am sure that residents of Market Rasen are delighted at the news that West Lindsey District Council seems to have given the go-ahead for a swimming pool for the town (February 27).

But the council has no long-term strategy developed for the pool. It has five years of funding to cover the shortfall but then it will need to add £250,000 each year to the council tax to pay for the operating costs (and that doesn't include capital expenditure).

As a member of Wragby and District Swimming Pool I know that a four- lane, 25m pool can be operated efficiently by a not-for-profit organisation - and this is the route that should be taken by the district council.

If a trust was set up to run the pool, the council could put the £1,250,000 earmarked for running costs to construction and do a proper, first-rate job.

Councillor Shore and his colleagues also know that the pool will never attract the wild figures claimed - 80,000 people after all is more than the district's entire population!

Everyone wants better leisure facilities - but this is not the solution and will prove financially disastrous.

GILES McNEILL, Nettleham.

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