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KNOTTINGLEY SPORTS CENTRE
AND SWIMMING POOL

ADDED 6 FEBRUARY 2007

In reply to Councillor Stokes letter in the January 2007 issue of the Knottingley Digest magazine, I would like to make a few points of my own regarding the proposed closure of Knottingley Sports Centre and Swimming Pool.

I am the person responsible for starting a petition against the proposed closure, which is now nearing 1,000 signatures. As you know, Councillor Stokes, I have never said the closure was imminent, I am simply raising public awareness of the fact that it has been raised as a point for debate.

The “Sports Strategy” printed by the Wakefield Metropolitan District Council, clearly states (and I quote):

“There is potential to close Knottingley Sports Centre and Pool, given that there is a new facility being developed at Knottingley High School”.

The document also says:

“There is no provision for a pool at Knottingley High School”.

Subsequently, if, after discussion by WMDC, a decision is reached to close the Sports Centre and Pool and relocate to Knottingley High School, there will be NO swimming pool in Knottingley!!

So the facts are in black and white - the subject of closure is open for discussion and a decision will be made shortly and put into practise over the next five years, according to Mr. John E. Foster, Chief Executive of WMDC.

When you say “There is no need to worry, nothing will happen in the next 6-10 years”, I think you have miscalculated. The questionnaire which came out with the “Sports Strategy” booklet clearly states that the time span for the project is 2006-2012, which if I have done my maths correctly leaves us with 5 years.

I did not, as you describe, put 2 and 2 together and come up with 5, I merely acted on the information I had been given by the WMDC. The Sports Centre and Pool are under threat and I will continue with my petition and raising public awareness for as long as the threat is there.

I await with baited breath the “Action Plan”, which I understand is due to be published imminently and I hope it holds plans for refurbishment, regeneration, and support for our Sports Centre and Pool. Then our new “Service Director for Sport”, Lisa Dodd, can go ahead with her plans to (and I quote):

Improve people’s lives, health and lifestyles through sport and physical activity.

Let us see the Council practise what they preach, for all the children, adults, OAP’s, students, and anyone else who uses our Sports Centre and Pool.

Rachel M. McConnachie
6 February 2007


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