Call to bring back Yiewsley pool

Hayes & Harlington Gazette - - WHAT'S ON -

A PE­TI­TION with more than 1,300 sig­na­tures has been handed to Hilling­don Coun­cil call­ing for them to build a swim­ming pool in Yiewsley.

The for­mer Yiewsley Pools were de­mol­ished by the coun­cil in 2010 af­ter be­com­ing too ex­pen­sive to main­tain.

At the time, the Yiewsley com­mu­nity was promised a new leisure and health cen­tre but the site re­mains derelict seven years later.

In 2014, per­mis­sion was granted for a £7 mil­lion health cen­tre on the site but it was never built.

The coun­cil is once again look­ing at op­tions for the site, and gave the green light for pro­pos­als to be made for a res­i­den­tial and leisure de­vel­op­ment on the for­mer pools, bowl­ing club and cur­rent li­brary and car park site in a Cab­i­net meet­ing in May.

Lo­cal cam­paign­ers af­fil­i­ated with yiewsley.org have ar­gued that the clo­sure of the pools has im­pacted the el­derly and dis­abled the most, putting up bar­ri­ers to ac­ces­si­bil­ity.

West Dray­ton coun­cil­lor Janet Dun­can who was at the meet­ing added that St Matthew’s School in Yiewsley were now be­ing forced to spend £16,000 ev­ery year to shut­tle pupils to and from the pool in Uxbridge.

The pe­ti­tion will be con­sid­ered by the coun­cil at a later date.

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