Sunday, September 28, 2008

Glimmer of Hope for Kirkham Baths

CAMPAIGNERS are stepping up their determined efforts to take over the running of Kirkham Baths.
Rural Splash, the local group formed to save the baths, are set to present their business plan and design illustrations to all rural Fylde town and parish councillors at Kirkham Community Centre next Tuesday, September 30. The plans will then be presented to Fylde Council on October 7 before they are unveiled to the public. The baths have had a reprieve after being identified for closure by Fylde Council which operates the facility. The council-run pool at St Annes was not so lucky and closed at the end of July. Run by a dedicated group of professionals, Rural Splash members believe that they can save the baths, improve the facility and provide up to date leisure facilities for rural Fylde if their plans are accepted and agreed by Fylde Council.
The group are hoping the council will hand the facility over to them to operate, in conjunction with the YMCA.

Campaigner, Kirkham ward councillor Liz Oades said:-
"We would love to see many of the rural Fylde town and parish councillors on September 30 and hope that they will welcome our plans. "Kirkham Baths is a dearly loved facility in the rural Fylde and it is imperative that it is saved for future generations."

The group hope to get as many town and parish councillors as possible along to Tuesday's meeting. They also want as many members of the public to attend a public meeting arranged for October 7, after the presentation to Fylde councillors at 6pm. A Fylde Council spokesperson said: ""We are very pleased that the group are looking at all possible ways to keep the pool open. We too are striving to do all we can to keep the pool open and will look at the plans with an open mind and assess its merits and feasibility.

No comments: