Pool plan is approved - but others might close

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Cabinet members approved plans to build a new pool for the south east at a meeting on Tuesday.

Councillors agreed in principal to the recommendations to provide a new facility to replace Minsthorpe Swimming Pool, which closed down last year.

Council leader Peter Box said: “It is only fair that the south east gets a facility too - they have nothing at the moment and they should.

“We will not decide on the site ourselves - we will ask our colleagues in education and on town and parish councils to tell us where they think is the right site to benefit the majority of people in the south east.”

The pool plans were revealed in the ‘Leisure – Fundamental Service Review’, which the cabinet has now referred to its regeneration and economic growth overview and scrutiny committee. The review suggested a number of options, including building a new £7.3m pool and leisure centre on the current Minsthorpe Swimming Pool site, a £4.2m pool at Minsthorpe Community College or a £4m pool at Hemsworth Arts and Community Academy.

The cabinet also agreed to keep running leisure facilities in the district, as one of the options they were asked to consider was to get rid of all council pools to make further savings.

The leisure review also reveals that Pontefract, Castleford and Knottingley Pools are at risk of closure, with possible plans to replace the three with one new leisure facility in the Five Towns area.