Swimming pool consultation begins

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MINSTHORPE swimming pool opening times are set to reduce as part of Wakefield Council’s £22m budget cut.

Residents can comment on two options regarding the times, which are set to be introduced from April 2.

The first option is for the pool to open an hour earlier on weekdays, but close at 9.30pm - half an hour earlier than at present. On Sundays afternoons the pool would close early. The learner pool would only be open three days during the week.

The second option would mean Normanton, Castleford, Featherstone and Pontefract swimming pools would close for one day during the week, each on a different day, and Minsthorpe pool would reduce opening hours on a Sunday and reduce the availability of the learner pool on three days during the week.

Forms can be obtained from any council sports centre, or at www.wakefield.gov.uk/poolconsultation. The closing date for the consultation is March 18, 2012.