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History of Yiewsley swimming pool site

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1934 - Yiewsley swimming pool site was conveyed to Yiewsley and West Drayton District Council for £450 with a protected covenant. This covenant restricted the use of the land and, amongst other things, would allow it to be used for the “purpose of public walks and pleasure grounds.” See Land Registry document - here and site plan - here

2010 - August – Hillingdon Council report of the petition hearing against closure of Yiewsley swimming pool.

See: http://modgov.hillingdon.gov.uk/mgAi.aspx?ID=4980

2010 - The Gazette report of the Hillingdon Council meeting hearing the petition.

See: http://www.getwestlondon.co.uk/news/local-news/anger-council-closes-yiewsley-swimming-5994796

2011 - The Gazette reports on the covenant.

See: http://www.getwestlondon.co.uk/news/local-news/yiewsley-pool-campaign-banks-covenant-5987729

2011 - The Gazette reports on the contract to demolish the swimming pool.

See: http://www.getwestlondon.co.uk/news/local-news/yiewsley-swimming-pool-set-demolition-5984129

2014 - Section 106 agreements discussed about the swimming pool site.

See: http://www.hillingdon.gov.uk/ctteedocs/new_executive_decisions/leader_council/rep_leader_council_20feb14.pdf

2014 -  The Conservative administration promise in their local council election manifesto the following: “As the NHS does not have the funding we will build a new, much needed Health Centre in Yiewsley and let it to local GP practices.”

See page 6 of: https://www.hillingdonconservatives.org/sites/www.hillingdonconservatives.org/files/hillingdon_conservatives_manifesto_2014_2.pdf

2014 - The documents supporting the planning application.

See: http://modgov.hillingdon.gov.uk/documents/s19637/Item%2014%20-%202013%203564%20-%20Former%20Yiewsley%20Swimming%20Pool%20Site.pdf

2014 - Planning permission is granted to build a three storey health centre on the site of the former Yiewsley swimming pool. See:


2015 – The proposed deal between Hillingdon Council and the NHS to have a new health centre at the site of the former Yiewsley swimming pool falls through.

2016 –  January 14th - Full council meeting – point 9.8

Leader of Hillingdon Council, Councillor Puddifoot, advised that the Council would be applying for release from the covenant under provisions in the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended). As soon as the plans were ready to be made public in relation to the proposals for the site, Council would be informed.

Councillor Sweeting asked whether the residents of Yiewsley and West Drayton would be consulted to gain their views in relation to the future use of this important community asset before any decisions were made.

Councillor Puddifoot advised that the elections held every four years enabled residents to choose who they thought was best to represent them. Individuals would have the opportunity to comment in relation to any associated planning application.

See: http://modgov.hillingdon.gov.uk/documents/g2270/Printed%20minutes%2014th-Jan-2016%2019.30%20Council.pdf?T=1

2017 –  May 18th Cabinet Meeting - Point 9

Hillingdon Cabinet approves the development of the Yiewsley Sites (Former pool, former Bowling Club, current Yiewsley Library and car park) for a mixture of residential and leisure development.  But keeps secret some of the details.

 See: http://modgov.hillingdon.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=115&MeetingId=2616

2017 –   June 21st  Council hearing on the pool petition: details here.  Our submission here.

2017 –   September Council accept need for a swimming pool but reject former Yiewsley pool site, letter here

2017 –  Letter to Cllr Ray Puddifoot, Council Leader, after the petition hearing requesting that the former Yiewsley pool site is considered - here.  

2018 –  Reply from the Council Leader’s office - just acknowledging receipt and nothing else - here.

2018 –   Hillingdon Conservative Local Election Manifesto, Option of a pool at the current Harmondsworth Road Youth Centre site will be considered: see Page 6

2021 - Hillingdon Council pass a budget which includes £29 million for a new leisure centre and community facilities in West Drayton.

2021 - October 14th  Hillingdon Council adopts Statement of Community Involvement to ensure “effective community involvement in the planning process” - here.

2022 - March - Hillingdon Council Report - 5 Year Supply of Deliverable Housing Sites which shows current identified sites are already 144% of the minimum 5 year supply target - here.

2022 - A hustings was held on 28 April for the 5 May local elections.  You can see the event  - here.

2022 - The Conservative manifesto promises new Yiewsley Library, on page 4, but does not state what it will do with the sites, see this.

2022 - The Labour manifesto pledges not to build on Green Belt land, or on open space land that is protected by covenant, see this.

2022 - 5 May local elections - Following a reduction to the number of councillors in the Borough, Yiewsley Ward changes from 3 Conservative councillors to 2 Labour councillors.

2023 - July 27th - Hillingdon Council Cabinet take the land despite massive local protest and override the recreational covenants and other rights.  Please see the Cabinet Minutes at Item 6 here.