Young swimmers campaign for a new swimming pool

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LITTLE learners passed on their plea to sports centre bosses as they called for a new pool.

The youngsters were with their mums as the 5,814-name petition was handed in to Durham County Council.

The New School, New Pool appeal hopes to persuade council chiefs to find the cash to give Seaham a new swimming centre, as there are no plans to replace the pool when Seaham School of Technology is rebuilt on the former Seaham Colliery site.

The signatures have been collected online and, with the support of businesses and community groups since December, the document was handed in to County Hall.

Among the mums were mother-of-three Kay Temple, 38, who said: “The petition is still ongoing because if Durham County Council come back and say they’ve not got the funds, which they are probably going to do, then we’ll take it to Michael Gove.

“It’s just amazing how many signatures we have so far. We’ve had lots of support.”

Helen Hunter, 40, who is mum to Matthew, two, and Daniel, four, is originally from Seaham and now lives in Penshaw.

“Swimming is a life skill and I’m concerned that in Seaham, by the sea, there will not be the facilities to provide that skill,” she said. “It’s important for my family and it’s a safety thing.”

Chistine Oates is set to start working for Sunderland City Council as an environmental officer this week.

The 41-year-old, who is mother to Joshua, two, said: “We are higher than national average for obesity and I just think it’s something everyone can get involved in, young and old, at all levels.

“It’s important young children, particularly those from a coastal town, learn to swim.”

Steve Lister, Durham County Council’s strategic manager for sport and culture, said: “We welcome the views of the public and the petition for the swimming pool will be fully considered as we continue to review sport and leisure provision across the county in light of the financial constraints the council is currently under.”

The council has previously said the review it is carrying out will look at the provision of facilities across the area, as well as Seaham. The petition can be signed at you.38degrees.




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