Residents must fight for pool – councillor

The future of Spen Pool was a topic of discussion at Spen Valley Area Committee meeting on Tuesday.

After the Guardian’s front page story last week about the fight to save the historic facility, residents asked councillors what could be done to secure its future.

Coun Kath Pinnock (Lib Dem, Cleck) said: “The council has determined there is a risk in the future for the viability of the pool.

“It is a concrete structure and they don’t last forever.

“People in Spen Valley who use the facility have got to put pressure on the council to make replacing it a priority.”

Coun David Sheard (Lab, Heckmondwike)said the pool had been on the risk register for four or five years.

He said the problem was with the tank and it was possible it could leak in the future.

He said: “We know it’s not going to last forever.”

Coun Pinnock added: “It is a question of making sure the council makes a plan for when that happens so we are not left in a situation where the tank is leaking and the pool can’t be used and we have no possibility or any plans to replace it.”

All Spen councillors were agreed, she said.