Support against closure of Warsop pool

A PETITION against the planned closure of the pool at Warsop's Meden Leisure Centre has now gained 3,000 signatures.

At a Warsop Parish Council meeting on Monday, members said the campaign against the cost-cutting move had gathered huge support from residents.

And on Friday, around 150 people also attended a public meeting on the issue, where Mansfield mayor Tony Egginton and deputy mayor Coun Roger Sutcliffe were criticised for the planned closure.

The campaign has already won a stay of execution for the pool, with Mansfield District Council granting locals six months to find alternative ways of funding the site, before it is due to close on 28th July.

Following Friday's meeting, parish council chairman Stuart Moody said: "It was made quite clear that for the people of Warsop this really is the final straw. We believe we don't get a fair share of services.

"The goal was to convince them that six months wasn't long enough. We wanted a stay of execution until the new school buildings happen."

But Coun Sutcliffe, portfolio holder for resources, said: "I don't feel that Mansfield District Council will be taking a different stand, certainly at the moment.

"While I have an element of sympathy, it is the under-utilisation of the facility and the fact it is coming to the end of its lifespan.

"What I have undertaken to do is assist the parish council and any other party that may be interested in getting a wet facility at Warsop.

"I have made the offer that Mansfield District Council senior officers would look into any form of funding that could help them."

Meden School is set to be rebuilt in the coming years under the Building Schools for the Future Programme.

A rally takes place on Saturday in Mansfield Market Place at 11am against proposed cuts of 28.7m by Nottinghamshire County Council and organisers say those opposed to the closure of Warsop Baths are also welcome to attend. The next public meeting about Meden Baths will take place on 15th March at Warsop's Oaklands Centre at 6pm.