White­hill Pool will re­quire a ‘sig­nif­i­cant sum’ for up­grade

Evening Times - - NEWS - BY HOLLY LEN­NON

MAIN­TE­NANCE work to bring a pop­u­lar Den­nis­toun swim­ming pool up to stan­dard could cost up to £5mil­lion.

Sup­port­ers of the White­hill Pool have been told by elected of­fi­cials that a sig­nif­i­cant amount of fund­ing is re­quired to get the venue, which is man­aged by Glas­gow Life, up to a ‘mod­ern stan­dard’.

The news has ex­as­per­ated fears that the much-loved com­mu­nity venue could be shut down.

As pre­vi­ously re­ported by the Evening Times, White­hill Pool is among sev­eral leisure fa­cil­i­ties po­ten­tially fac­ing clo­sure un­der leaked bud­get pro­pos­als.

Since the re­port was pub­lished, lo­cals have al­ready cre­ated an on­line pe­ti­tion which has at­tracted over 3,400 sig­na­tures – and held a pub­lic meet­ing to fight the plans.

Res­i­dents have ex­pressed their frus­tra­tion over the lack of in­vest­ment in the fa­cil­ity, that has around 200 mem­bers, in­clud­ing chil­dren with spe­cial needs.

White­hill was granted £161,000 in 2016 to cre­ate Chang­ing Places toi­lets and chang­ing rooms, which are reg­u­larly used by Tem­ple Swim­ming Club – who pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for dis­abled mem­bers of the com­mu­nity.

The fa­cil­ity is thought to be the joint old­est venue in Glas­gow Life port­fo­lio and at­tracts users from across the city.

Ivan McKee MSP for Glas­gow Provan has writ­ten to Billy Gar­ret, Direc­tor of Sport at Glas­gow Life and Joe Fiz­patrick MSP, Min­is­ter for Pub­lic Health, Sport and Well­be­ing re­gard­ing the pro­posed clo­sure, stat­ing that the plays a “cru­cial role in the health and well­be­ing of peo­ple in the East End.”

A spokes­woman for Glas­gow Life said: “A sig­nif­i­cant sum of money would be re­quired to carry out work on White­hill swim­ming pool in or­der to bring the venue up to a mod­ern stan­dard, how­ever no de­ci­sions about bud­gets and fu­ture ser­vice pro­vi­sion have been made – and we are con­tin­u­ing to work with Glas­gow City Coun­cil in this re­gard.

“We will com­mu­ni­cate with cus­tomers at the ear­li­est op­por­tu­nity when de­ci­sions on spe­cific fa­cil­i­ties or ser­vices are made.”

White­hill Pool is fac­ing pos­si­ble clo­sure

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