Children 'denied chance to learn to swim in east Bristol'

February 03 2017

SUPPORT for a new swimming pool in east Bristol has moved a step forward after a petition with more than 700 signatures was handed to the city council.

SUPPORT for a new swimming pool in east Bristol has moved a step forward after a petition with more than 700 signatures was handed to the city council.

Speedwell resident Lisa Murfin told a full council meeting in January  that Speedwell Pool closed in 2005 with a promise of a imminent replacement - but to date nothing has happened.

"Now after 12 years we feel it is time to deliver on this promise," she told them.

The petition stated: "East Bristol has been left behind as other parts of the city have had pools rebuilt – there is a great local demand from public and local schools for this much needed health and leisure facility.  

"Designs are in place for the Bristol Brunel Academy site and any subsidy is likely to be small and much less than for other facilities across Bristol.

"We call upon the mayor to ensure that the next budget provides capital funding to allow construction to begin and negotiate robustly with services providers to minimise any subsidy. 

 It is time to bring back a vital service that has been missing for far too long."

Lisa told councillors about a social media group called Friends of Speedwell Pool which has more than 550 members.

"We have also visited no less than six potential sites for a pool and have explored ways to keep the running costs of the pool to a minimum."  She said: "So many people I speak to say they have these amazing fond memories of going to Speedwell Pool with their friends. 

"We're denying the next generation that same pleasure and that's terrible."

Plans have been submitted to Bristol City Council by Crossman Homes to demolish the derelict Speedwell Pool and build two four-storey blocks providing 29 one and two bedroom flats.