Let down by pool closures

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 09 May, 1995, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 09 May, 1995, 12:00am

I WOULD like to ask the Urban Council how it can justify the closure of its public swimming pools every year for several months at a time.

For three years, when I lived in Kennedy Town, I was a regular user of the pool there and had to endure its closure from the end of October until the beginning of March - a full third of the year.

While the closure of that outdoor pool could perhaps partly be excused by low attendance figures during the winter months (though it is hardly too cold to swim for that long and, regardless, those of us brave enough to suffer low temperatures should surely be able to do so), this excuse cannot be applied to Morrison Hill Road - an indoor pool.

I recently went there to swim, only to find that it was closed from the beginning of May until the end of June, for 'annual refurbishment'.

I want to know why the Urban Council is carrying out this work at the beginning of summer - and I hope the response, if any, is not 'because all the others are closed during the winter', as that is looking at the problem upside down. More importantly, what can possibly take two months to complete, in this town where shops are stripped and rebuilt in a matter of days.

The Urban Council has a duty to taxpayers to make its public facilities - particularly high-demand sports facilities - available as often and as conveniently as possible.

The practice of closing pools every year for long periods does not meet this responsibility.