THE fight for a new public pool in Seaham is being taken to Downing Street.
Seaham’s “New School, New Pool” appeal is making a final push for more names before a petition is handed in to Prime Minister David Cameron’s office.
Campaigners already presented more than 5,800 names to Durham County Council, calling for money to be found to give the town a new swimming pool.
There is a pool at Seaham School of Technology, which is to be rebuilt on a new site at Seaham Colliery.
When it is rebuilt, the school will not have a pool, leaving Seaview Primary as the only place with a swimming pool in Seaham.
Parent Kay Temple is one of the campaigners. She said: “We need more signatures to emphasise our campaign and show they support the cause.
“We’re absolutely delighted to be going to Downing Street.”
Easington MP Grahame Morris, whose team organised the Downing Street visit, will accompany the group in the capital on Thursday, July 17.
He said: “The organisers have done a splendid job with nearly 6,000 signatures to date.
“Somewhere the size of Seaham should have its own pool. I know Seaham Councillor Eddie Bell and others have spent years pushing for a new leisure centre and swimming pool in the town.
“Ultimately, the problem here are the huge cuts to local government funding and to the school refurbishment programme, imposed by the present Government.” Durham County Council says it will consider what can be done regarding the pool as part of a county-wide review of sport and leisure provision.
To sign the petition, visit you.38degrees. org.uk/petitions/new-school-new-pool.