Swimming pool talks at national level

Worcester's swimming pool dream is still on

Worcester's swimming pool dream is still on

First published in News Worcester News: Tom Edwards Exclusive by , Political Reporter

CRUNCH talks have taken place between council chiefs and Britain’s swimming governing body over hopes for a new pool facility in Worcester.

The Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) staged sit-down talks with the city council on Tuesday in the hope the body can be persuaded to back the ambitious project.

Bosses hope ASA’s influence could be instrumental in making up a massive £5.2 million funding gap in building a county-standard, eight-lane pool.

Although ASA is unlikely to find any money of its own, grant bids to the likes of Sport England could stand a better chance of success with the organisation’s support.

Councillor Jabba Riaz, the city’s cabinet member for safer and stronger communities, said: “We have stated the council’s position on the swimming pool and any new funding we can get to help us will be very welcome.

“We’ve been upfront about it and as a result of that people know where we stand and what the situation is.

“All avenues are going to be explored.”

The move follows calls from rival politicians for both ASA and Sport England to be approached about the pool scenario.

As your Worcester News first revealed two weeks ago, some politicians are calling for the city’s university and even the NHS to stump up some cash to reduce the shortfall.

The authority hopes to get a clearer picture of its’ hopes during the summer. Councillor Richard Boorn, Labour’s finance spokesman, said: “There is an argument for ASA to be involved and I’d be astonished if we get a ‘zero’ under what Sport England is able to contribute.

“The association would benefit considerably if this pool gets built, we need to start seeing commitment outside of the council for it.”

The main aim of ASA is to improve swimming provision across the country and increase interest in it.

A spokesman for ASA said it was unable to comment on the talks, other than to confirm council chiefs met with a regional director to discuss the project.

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1:30pm Mon 18 Mar 13

mr_wilson15 says...

Remind me again, is this a time of austerity and cuts, or a time of £15M swimming pools?
Remind me again, is this a time of austerity and cuts, or a time of £15M swimming pools? mr_wilson15
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1:40pm Mon 18 Mar 13

Lew Smoralz says...

This is total madness!

These are the worst economic times in over a century, and the council wants to increase our debt further. It beggars belief!

If this goes ahead, I hope that voters will remember who burdened them with even more debt as people are struggling to pay the current taxes.

Why not lower our taxes instead?
This is total madness! These are the worst economic times in over a century, and the council wants to increase our debt further. It beggars belief! If this goes ahead, I hope that voters will remember who burdened them with even more debt as people are struggling to pay the current taxes. Why not lower our taxes instead? Lew Smoralz
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2:32pm Mon 18 Mar 13

CJH says...

On a day when huge cuts are announced to the health service? What the hell planet are they on? And surely they are only talking about the build costs so far - what about the annual running costs on top of that? What do they not understand about the difference between 'wanting' and 'needing' something? Get some perspective, talk to your constituents, ask them what their priorities are. I'm damned sure swimming pool won't be at the top of the list. And the question shouldn't be 'would you like a nice new shiny swimming pool?' It should be 'would you like a swimming pool instead of money spent on schools, hospitals, social care, roads etc etc'. Because one thing is for sure WE CAN'T AFFORD BOTH!!!
On a day when huge cuts are announced to the health service? What the hell planet are they on? And surely they are only talking about the build costs so far - what about the annual running costs on top of that? What do they not understand about the difference between 'wanting' and 'needing' something? Get some perspective, talk to your constituents, ask them what their priorities are. I'm damned sure swimming pool won't be at the top of the list. And the question shouldn't be 'would you like a nice new shiny swimming pool?' It should be 'would you like a swimming pool instead of money spent on schools, hospitals, social care, roads etc etc'. Because one thing is for sure WE CAN'T AFFORD BOTH!!! CJH
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3:48pm Mon 18 Mar 13

Slobbin says...

You see, your problem there CJH, is that the City Council doesn't pay for schools, hospitals (money is direct from government) or social care and roads (paid for by the county council).
You see, your problem there CJH, is that the City Council doesn't pay for schools, hospitals (money is direct from government) or social care and roads (paid for by the county council). Slobbin
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4:01pm Mon 18 Mar 13

CJH says...

Slobbin wrote:
You see, your problem there CJH, is that the City Council doesn't pay for schools, hospitals (money is direct from government) or social care and roads (paid for by the county council).
No Slobbin - that's just semantics: WE pay for it - one way or another - city/county/national
, it all comes back to us mere mortals.
[quote][p][bold]Slobbin[/bold] wrote: You see, your problem there CJH, is that the City Council doesn't pay for schools, hospitals (money is direct from government) or social care and roads (paid for by the county council).[/p][/quote]No Slobbin - that's just semantics: WE pay for it - one way or another - city/county/national , it all comes back to us mere mortals. CJH
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11:46pm Mon 18 Mar 13

Lew Smoralz says...

Slobbin wrote:
You see, your problem there CJH, is that the City Council doesn't pay for schools, hospitals (money is direct from government) or social care and roads (paid for by the county council).
It is quite acceptable for the city council NOT to spend our taxes. Even though they are not responsible for the items you describe it doesn't mean that they are bound to find something to spend our "credit card limit" on.

It is quite acceptable for the council to realise that we are all suffering badly, and desist from their spendthrift ways and stop spending up to our credit limit.

Why not reduce our taxes and get re-elected next year?
[quote][p][bold]Slobbin[/bold] wrote: You see, your problem there CJH, is that the City Council doesn't pay for schools, hospitals (money is direct from government) or social care and roads (paid for by the county council).[/p][/quote]It is quite acceptable for the city council NOT to spend our taxes. Even though they are not responsible for the items you describe it doesn't mean that they are bound to find something to spend our "credit card limit" on. It is quite acceptable for the council to realise that we are all suffering badly, and desist from their spendthrift ways and stop spending up to our credit limit. Why not reduce our taxes and get re-elected next year? Lew Smoralz
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10:27am Tue 19 Mar 13

Respectable says...

The whole thing needs a Deep Dive review before they Splash Out on it ;-)
The whole thing needs a Deep Dive review before they Splash Out on it ;-) Respectable
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6:57pm Tue 19 Mar 13

Landy44 says...

The lunatics have taken over the asylum. No wonder this country is bankrupt. Wait until they are raiding your savings to pay for their uncontrollable urge to spend your money!!!!
The lunatics have taken over the asylum. No wonder this country is bankrupt. Wait until they are raiding your savings to pay for their uncontrollable urge to spend your money!!!! Landy44
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9:48am Wed 20 Mar 13

Argh!! says...

Love the headline, I didn't know swimming pools could talk let alone at national level!
Love the headline, I didn't know swimming pools could talk let alone at national level! Argh!!
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12:41pm Wed 20 Mar 13

Smyffie says...

As a resident of Worcester I would love to see a new county standard competition capable swimming pool (and everything that will go with it) a stones throw away from where I live.
However as a keen motorist I would also love a Bugatti Veyron or at the very least an Audi R8. However I am forced to face the reality that I cannot afford either. Simples.
It is equally as simple that Worcester council cannot afford the pool of their dreams and should therefore cease and desist from chasing this dream until they can.
We have a swimming pool, which whilst not the greatest in the midlands, is there for those that need it.
Am I to assume that upon agreement of funding for the pool, and subsequent astronomical debt, that one or more council staff will receive a resounding pat on the back (in the form of a substantial financial bonus) and their career(s) may head onward and upward?!
As a resident of Worcester I would love to see a new county standard competition capable swimming pool (and everything that will go with it) a stones throw away from where I live. However as a keen motorist I would also love a Bugatti Veyron or at the very least an Audi R8. However I am forced to face the reality that I cannot afford either. Simples. It is equally as simple that Worcester council cannot afford the pool of their dreams and should therefore cease and desist from chasing this dream until they can. We have a swimming pool, which whilst not the greatest in the midlands, is there for those that need it. Am I to assume that upon agreement of funding for the pool, and subsequent astronomical debt, that one or more council staff will receive a resounding pat on the back (in the form of a substantial financial bonus) and their career(s) may head onward and upward?! Smyffie
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