We want a new pool – before it's too late

PRESSURE is mounting on council chiefs to replace a Liversedge swimming pool “before it’s too late”.

Lib Dem candidate Richard Farnhill last week announced the future of the Spenborough Pool is a theme of his by-election campaign.

Now party leader Coun Kath Pinnock has turned the screw on an authority she accused of letting the area down.

Lib Dem proposals to allocate cash for a replacement in Kirklees Council’s budget were defeated in February.

Coun Pinnock said about 1,200 signatures have been collected on a petition towards the 3,000 needed to trigger a council debate.

She added the concrete structure, opened in 1969, is on an ‘at risk’ register due to an ageing water tank that could leak in the future.

The pool at Dewsbury Sports Centre is on the same list, though the problems there are not thought to be as serious.

Coun Pinnock said: “Huddersfield is to get a brand-new £35m sports centre, which I know the council is not paying for entirely.

“But within the last 15 years or so they’ve also had the new pool at the (John Smith’s) stadium.

“Yet there's been very little investment in North Kirklees, despite two of our pools being on the ‘at risk’ register.”

Coun Pinnock also took a swipe at the Tories, who will be defending the Liversedge and Gomersal seat at next month’s by-election.

She said: “We did call for £8m to be allocated in the council’s five-year capital plan to build a replacement pool.

“What I never understood is why the Tories wouldn’t support it when the Spenborough Pool is in their ward.”

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