Pool hours may change

Pontefract swimming pool.
Pontefract swimming pool.

SPORTS facilities across the district are under fire as Wakefield Council looks to slash its budget.

Swimming pools could see their opening hours changed from April 1 as part of cost-cutting measures to axe £100,000 from the council’s sport budget.

Coun David Dagger, cabinet member for sport, said reducing centre times could help keep facilities open long-term.

He said: “Providing the best possible leisure services for people in the district is still our priority, however we have to reduce our spending, we simply have no choice.

“By looking at the opening hours of some of our facilities we hope that we can keep all our leisure centres open, safeguard jobs and still offer our customers an excellent service.”

The council plans to ensure that if one facility is closed on a particular day another nearby leisure centre will still be available to pool users.

But swimmers flocked to our Facebook page this week to express their concerns.

Emma Osborne said: “I was told they were demolishing Pontefract pool to build a new one but that never happened. It’s in desperate need of renovation. What they should do is build each town a new pool.”

Fellow Facebooker Katy Holland said: “We won’t have any public services left at this rate. Surely this is the decision of someone who can afford to use private facilities.”

The council began talks with staff this week and is contacting user groups as soon as possible.