Victory: Campaigners save closure-threatened Sunderland pool

John Roberts is one of many angered at the plans to close the swimming pool because of council cuts at the Community at Castle View Enterprise Academy, Sunderland.
John Roberts is one of many angered at the plans to close the swimming pool because of council cuts at the Community at Castle View Enterprise Academy, Sunderland.
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A SCHOOL swimming pool will no longer have the plug pulled on it.

Castle View Enterprise Academy’s swimming pool, which is widely used by the whole community, was under threat of closure due to council cuts.

But, after a campaign by angry residents, the pool has been given a stay of execution.

More than 1,000 people signed a petition to save the swimming pool, built in 1997, saying it is a vital facility, especially for the young people in the city.

Janet Bridges, headteacher at the school, said: “Sunderland City Council and Castle View Enterprise Academy have worked together closely to find solutions to meet the needs of the local community and the use of the pool by local schools.

“An agreement has been reached which will ensure the pool remains open for the foreseeable future.

“The details are being worked out over the next few weeks and we will be in a position to give more formal information in the coming months.

“The council and the school really appreciate all the help and support from local people which has enabled us to work together for a great solution to benefit all.”

Earlier this year the school received the upsetting news that the local authority would be stopping its financial support for the pool from August this year.

John Roberts, 60, a Castletown resident, who uses the pool several times a week, said he was delighted with the news the pool would not be closing.

He said: “It’s really good news the pool is staying open. Everyone is chuffed to bits.”