Dukinfield Councillors Pledge to Fight for Pool
Wednesday 20th January 2016 @ 13:08 by Tom Greggan
Dukinfield News

Dukinfield’s councillors will battle to keep the town’s Birch Lane swimming pool up and running, chair of Dukinfield District Assembly Brian Wild stated this week.

The pledge comes after the pool was one of three in the borough earmarked for closure by Tameside Council, with proposals for alternative replacements. A public consultation is presently underway.

Cllr Wild told the Reporter: “Dukinfield residents need to know that all their councillors, and that includes those for the Dukinfield/Stalybridge ward, fully understand their concerns about the possible closure of the Birch Lane swimming pool known as Active Dukinfield.

“We are 100 per cent committed to retaining the site, and we are already busy working out alternative solutions.

“We have several ideas for reducing costs, such as incorporating a gym which could generate revenue to subsidise the pool.

“These ideas will be made known through the consultation process and we ask all residents to support our campaign.

Cllr Wild added: “We will also be suggesting two sites in Dukinfield for the new wellness centre Tameside Council is proposing to build.

“Even if our suggestions are rejected, we will refuse to give up and will campaign for alternative use for the pool.

“We are determined to come up with a practical solution that will keep the building open and retain a leisure/sport facility on Birch Lane.”

The Active Ashton, Denton and Dukinfield pools have been earmarked for closure to be replaced by ‘an iconic Tameside Wellness Centre…an extension to the swimming facilities at Active Hyde…and the implementation of alternative provision in the areas where sites are being closed’.

The move is aimed at saving millions of pounds.All seven existing ‘Active’ leisure centres are run by Active Tameside on behalf of the council.

Chief executive of Active Tameside Mark Tweedie said: “The council is facing unprecedented financial challenges due to Government reductions to public sector expenditure, but despite this are committed to prioritising substantial investment to provide new more efficient facilities to replace those which are beyond their serviceable lifespan.

“The right investment decision can provide new state-of-the-art facilities that will cost less in the long term.”

The public consultation runs until February 11 with the public given the opportunity to share their views. A final decision is expected on March 23.

Local Denton councillors have launched a campaign of their own to secure any state-of-the-art new leisure facilities for the town.