The former Yiewsley Pool site is the best site because:
What might a new pool look like?
The Sport England web site shows what affordable community swimming pools look like.
Sport England also publish a useful costing schedule for many types of sporting facilities which can be found here.
This shows that a 25 metre pool with 4 lanes can be built for around £3.7 million. This could be combined with a gym or other facility to make it more sustainable.
Help us get a new swimming pool in Yiewsley
Hillingdon Council demolished the old Yiewsley swimming pool after the 2010 local council elections. They promised to build a new health centre on the site but these plans fell through.
Yiewsley needs a new swimming pool built on the site of the old swimming pool off Otterfield Road.
FLATS v CONSULTATION?
Following our campaign, Hillingdon Conservatives have agreed there is a need for a new pool, but they have REJECTED the Otterfield Road site without giving any reasons. Please see their letter here.
This means the Conservatives’ proposal for the former Yiewsley Pool site is what they said in the secret council report in 2017, which you can read here.
“The proposal is to construct 31 flats on this site along with the 12 supported housing units which have previously been approved. These will be a mix of 1 and 2 bedroom units including parking.
These have been discussed in principle with Planning and are a feasible option subject to satisfying the covenant on the site.”
Peter Curling, leader of the Labour Group on Hillingdon Council, sent us this email:
“A Labour administration in Hillingdon will work with residents and community groups to explore the options for the use of the old Yiewsley pool site, in line with the covenant on the land restricting it to recreational use”
Both the Conservative and Labour manifestos are at the bottom of the history page which you can see here.
THE STORY SO FAR…
We need to make our voice heard. Loud and clear.
In 2016 and 2017 we collected over 760 signatures on a paper petition in support of building and running a new pool at the Otterfield Road site. People signed the petitions at the George and Dragon pub, Hooked on Chips fish and chip shop, Cornerstone Community Centre, the Community Cancer Centre, Silver Stores, outside Morrisons supermarket and other places.