Amateur Swimming Association now involved in the fight to save Filey Swimming Pool

A decision was taken by the Governors of Filey School to close the school swimming pool on 28 March 2013.  Filey Pool Action Group (FPAG) consists of volunteers from local residents who are currently challenging the decision and in the process of building a case to keep the pool open: this is their story so far.

Filey Swimming Pool was originally built in 1976 as a result of locally driven fund raising initiative by Filey Swimming Baths Association which contributed a third of the funds required to deliver the facility. The Pool is managed by North Yorkshire County Council through Filey School (Children & Young People's Services department) who have recently conducted an Options Appraisal on the facility. The outcome of the report leans towards decommissioning the Pool as the cost of reinstating the facility is estimated in the region of £950K. The Pool remains mothballed with the water in the pool tank and plant machinery operational until the end of Summer term (July 2013). The intention of the group is to work with the School and build a business case for delivering the Pool service via a community-led, not for profit company. Filey Pool Action Group have submitted an application to Scarborough Borough Council with a view to registering the Pool facility as a community asset the under the Localism Act 2011. The outcome of the application remains unknown, as Scarborough Borough Council have so far failed to respond to the application.

Since FPAG last met with the School to explore options, a new head teacher has been appointed. Dr Sue Morgan has expressed her support for exploring opportunities to retain the Pool service and the group have a meeting arranged in June. As a result of the campaign to Save Filey Swimming Pool, a representative of the Amateur Swimming Association has offered his support and will be attending the meeting with the new Head teacher.

FPAG have only a matter of weeks to provide a case and evidence the need for a continued pool service. RAY’s Nick Butterworth continues to support the group in finding a way to retain the Pool service with funding made available through Active Communities.

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