Design a pool competition is launched

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Minsthorpe Pool Action Group (MPAG) is asking local schoolchildren to ‘design a pool’ as part of its fight for a new facility in the area.

The group’s members have launched the competition as the one-year anniversary of the closure of Minsthorpe pool approaches on April 17.

The group is trying to keep the issue at the forefront of people’s minds to ensure Wakefield Council keeps to its promise to provide a new pool for the south east of the district.

Members also want to encourage residents to get involved in the planning process.

Andy Picken, group spokesman, said: “We are still active as it is by no means a given this pool will be provided, and the gap from now to it actually being built and open is likely to be at least a few years, so we are keeping up our efforts to keep this issue at the forefront of people’s minds and keep it high on the agenda at Wakefield Council.”

The group has also been working to gather people’s stories of the effects of one year without a pool.

The group has teamed up with local schools to ask pupils to come up with a drawing, painting, computer design or model of what they want the proposed pool to look like.

All schools who take part will be provided with book vouchers.

Staff will choose four finalists from each school and their entries will be part of a public exhibition in the south east.

The final winners will be chosen by a judging panel consisting of group members and representatives from councils, businesses and the Express.

Entries could be incorporated into the new pool, possibly as wall or floor tiles.

See the April 17 edition of the Express for a full round-up of the closure’s impact.