Pe­ti­tion plea to stop swim club from sink­ing

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

A SWIM­MING club banned from hold­ing lessons at Mac­cles­field Leisure Cen­tre is urg­ing res­i­dents to sign a pe­ti­tion to keep the club go­ing.

Ev­ery­body Sports and Recre­ation (ESAR), a trust that runs the coun­cil’s leisure ser­vices, has told Mac­cles­field Am­a­teur Swim­ming Club (MASC) it can no longer teach there, and ESAR will in­stead run its own lessons.

Jan­ice Whitelaw, chair­man of the 120-yearold vol­un­teer led club, has launched a pe­ti­tion against the rul­ing, and is urg­ing read­ers and pool users to sup­port them. Some lessons will cease be­fore April 1.

She said: “We in­vited ESAR and coun­cil­lors to a meet­ing but only Coun Mick War­ren came. ESAR won’t lis­ten to us.”

Pe­ti­tions are at Boots in the Grosvenor Cen­tre, Tesco on Hi­bel Road, Hurds­field Road Post Of­fice, Spring Gar­den on Hurds­field Road, and in schools.

Jan­ice added: “It’s so im­por­tant peo­ple sign. Swim­ming is a life skill and if only ESAR can teach it, some will miss out and won’t learn how to swim.”

Cheshire East Coun­cil said the club could hire the pool at sub­sidised rates but not hold lessons.

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