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Petition is launched in bid to rescue pools from closure

Donna Parker was told to lose 10 stone or she would die. She has lost six stone just by going to Knottingley Pool, swimming and mobility classes. She would struggle to get to anywhere else, as would many others in her mobility class, as she cannot walk far or get on and off buses. She has launched a petition against the pool closing.
with Angela Jones Goodyear (left)

Donna Parker was told to lose 10 stone or she would die. She has lost six stone just by going to Knottingley Pool, swimming and mobility classes. She would struggle to get to anywhere else, as would many others in her mobility class, as she cannot walk far or get on and off buses. She has launched a petition against the pool closing. with Angela Jones Goodyear (left)

A petition has been launched to save Pontefract, Castleford and Knottingley swimming pools.

Wakefield Council is currently considering a leisure report that suggests closing the three facilities and replacing them with one new leisure facility in the Five Towns area.

Donna Parker, 36, of the Ridgeway, Knottingley, is hoping enough residents will join together to force the council to reconsider and has launched the petition, which has already been signed by more than 300 people.

She said: “I was told by the doctor to lose ten stone or I wouldn’t be here much longer. I have already lost six by going swimming at Knottingley pool. I would struggle to get anywhere else in the area.

“Not only that, but some of the classes I go to are already full, so how would three lots of users be accommodated into one facility? We need to save all three pools.”

The review was commissioned by the council as it tries to make £61m of cuts in the next two years.

Yvette Cooper, MP for Pontefract and Castleford, said: “It is appalling that coalition government cuts are now threatening vital community services. Everything possible needs to be done to sustain our swimming pools in the Five Towns – they are so important for the community.

“Wakefield Council is being put in an impossible position having to make £150m cuts. I’m meeting with Wakefield Council to see what more can be done to maintain services round here.

“Being able to go swimming in a nearby pool is vital - for children learning to swim, pensioners staying healthy, and everyone enjoying exercise. That’s why Wakefield Council’s review of the Five Towns area needs to look at every possible option to keep our pools open - and they need to take account of the impact on the life of our towns as well as local health.”

To sign the petition, visit www.change.org and search for Pontefract Pool.

 

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