Minister: We need debate on future of Pitsea pool

Minister: We need debate on future of Pitsea pool

Minister: We need debate on future of Pitsea pool

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THE sports minister has waded into a row over plans to demolish Pitsea swimming pool.

Hugh Robertson, Tory MP and Government sports minister, has written to Gavin Callaghan – Labour councillor for Pitsea North West – to say Sport England want to see a detailed assessment of the impact closing the pool will have.

Campaigners are desperately trying to save the pool which is due to be bulldozed to make way for a Morrison’s supermarket.

They have already gained 3,000 signatures on a petition.

Mr Callaghan said: “Over the last six months Basildon Council has portrayed Sport England’s position as being fully supportive of the decision to knock down Pitsea pool. It is clear the council has misrepresented the position of Sport England.

“No decision on the future of the pool can be taken without a detailed report outlining the impact the closure will have on displaced users.”

In his letter, the minister said Sport England had been contacted about plans to demolish the pool in January this year and told Basildon Council it should “protect sport in the area”.

His letter added: “As you will see, Sport England did not recommend the council demolish the swimming pool.

“Sport England made it clear it objected to the lack of detail within the application about alternative arrangements for accommodating displaced users from the Pitsea swimming pool.”

The minister also called on the council to consult with users of Pitsea pool.

At a meeting last month pool user Malcolm Chapman presented a petition to the council against the pool’s demolition.

But cabinet members of the council’s leisure scrutiny committee voted against ordering an in-depth probe into the decision to demolish the pool.

Tony Ball, leader of Basildon Council, said his authority never asked Sport England if they would support closure, but instead if the borough had adequate provision for swimming.

He added: “Sport England would not want to support the closure of a facility, but they were asked if they would have any objection and they said they wouldn’t.

“Planning officers also asked them what their views was on swimming provision within the borough if Pitsea pool went, and their response was that there is provision within the borough.”

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2:45pm Mon 9 Jul 12

richcarol says...

KEEP IT OPEN !
KEEP IT OPEN ! richcarol
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4:00pm Mon 9 Jul 12

sunshine07 says...

We definatly need to keep the pool open we cant all get over to the sporting village, Pitsea pool is used by local schools also alot of us are getting into better living so we need the pool there's room for all the other things that are planned and if there isnt just make morrisions higher im sure the planners are capable of that .
We definatly need to keep the pool open we cant all get over to the sporting village, Pitsea pool is used by local schools also alot of us are getting into better living so we need the pool there's room for all the other things that are planned and if there isnt just make morrisions higher im sure the planners are capable of that . sunshine07
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4:18pm Mon 9 Jul 12

pr-fedup says...

Not all Pitsea Pool users will be able to travel to the new pool. So KEEP IT OPEN!
Not all Pitsea Pool users will be able to travel to the new pool. So KEEP IT OPEN! pr-fedup
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6:57pm Mon 9 Jul 12

Jane D says...

Keep it open and IMPROVE it, or knock it down ONCE a replacement has ben built! The new pool in Gloucester Park at the "sporting village" is to replace the old Gloucester Park pool. It is NOT an additional facility. And not all Pitsea residents are able or willing to travel to Cranes Farm Road pool.
Keep it open and IMPROVE it, or knock it down ONCE a replacement has ben built! The new pool in Gloucester Park at the "sporting village" is to replace the old Gloucester Park pool. It is NOT an additional facility. And not all Pitsea residents are able or willing to travel to Cranes Farm Road pool. Jane D
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9:17pm Mon 9 Jul 12

Steve R. says...

The opening paragraph of Mary Portas's government-commissio
ned review into the future of high streets says:

"I want to put the heart back into the centre of our High Streets, re-imagined as destinations for socialising, culture, health, wellbeing, creativity and learning. Places that will develop and sustain new and existing markets and businesses. The new High Streets won’t just be about selling goods. The mix will include shops but could also include housing, offices, sport, schools or other social, commercial and cultural enterprises and meeting places. They should become places where we go to engage with other people in our communities, where shopping is just one small part of a rich mix of activities."
(http://www.maryport
as.com/news/2011/12/
12/the-portas-review
/)

Within months of this key report being welcomed by the Government, Basildon Council had voted to cut out one of the last vestiges of a living heart from Pitsea and replace it with the very last thing it needs: another supermarket. This is probably why the Minister is taking the unusual step of speaking out now.
The opening paragraph of Mary Portas's government-commissio ned review into the future of high streets says: "I want to put the heart back into the centre of our High Streets, re-imagined as destinations for socialising, culture, health, wellbeing, creativity and learning. Places that will develop and sustain new and existing markets and businesses. The new High Streets won’t just be about selling goods. The mix will include shops but could also include housing, offices, sport, schools or other social, commercial and cultural enterprises and meeting places. They should become places where we go to engage with other people in our communities, where shopping is just one small part of a rich mix of activities." (http://www.maryport as.com/news/2011/12/ 12/the-portas-review /) Within months of this key report being welcomed by the Government, Basildon Council had voted to cut out one of the last vestiges of a living heart from Pitsea and replace it with the very last thing it needs: another supermarket. This is probably why the Minister is taking the unusual step of speaking out now. Steve R.
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11:10am Tue 10 Jul 12

The Cater Wood Creeper says...

Basildon Council are already salivating at the size of the wad Morrison's are prepared to slap on the table for the site and will, no doubt, be planning a massive bunfight to celebrate.

Elasticated waistbanded trousers are probably being ordered as we speak....
Basildon Council are already salivating at the size of the wad Morrison's are prepared to slap on the table for the site and will, no doubt, be planning a massive bunfight to celebrate. Elasticated waistbanded trousers are probably being ordered as we speak.... The Cater Wood Creeper
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12:49pm Tue 10 Jul 12

TheWizzard says...

From what i have heard Morrisons have not said yes to opening a supermarket in Pitsea, maybe Mr Ball is playing with words and was hoping not to get caught out
From what i have heard Morrisons have not said yes to opening a supermarket in Pitsea, maybe Mr Ball is playing with words and was hoping not to get caught out TheWizzard
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4:17pm Tue 10 Jul 12

The Cater Wood Creeper says...

TheWizzard wrote:
From what i have heard Morrisons have not said yes to opening a supermarket in Pitsea, maybe Mr Ball is playing with words and was hoping not to get caught out
Tesco probably told Bulldozer Ball and his mates to tell Morrisons to go take a hike.....
[quote][p][bold]TheWizzard[/bold] wrote: From what i have heard Morrisons have not said yes to opening a supermarket in Pitsea, maybe Mr Ball is playing with words and was hoping not to get caught out[/p][/quote]Tesco probably told Bulldozer Ball and his mates to tell Morrisons to go take a hike..... The Cater Wood Creeper
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