Pool will stay open to public

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FEARS that a swimming pool is to close have been allayed by council chiefs.

Concerns had been growing that Wideopen’s learner pool, at Greenfield Primary School, was facing the axe.

However, North Tyneside Council says it is now close to finalising a legal agreement that will see the pool managed by swimming tuition provider SwimTech, and it has pledged to keep the pool open to the public.

The pool will hold two public swimming sessions a week while negotiations are being concluded.

North Tyneside mayor Linda Arkley said: “Wideopen Swimming Pool is a facility that has not been utilised to its full potential for many years, with attendances at public swimming sessions regularly limited to a handful of swimmers.

“I can reassure people that our priority has always been to keep this pool open, and we have consulted with existing users throughout this process.”

SwimTech has confirmed that the Taylor Avenue pool will be used for swimming lessons and exercise classes.

Owners Caroline and Tony Rice said: “We are excited by the opportunity to add Wideopen’s learner pool to our portfolio.

“Our aim will be to increase the swimming opportunities for people in the area and to invest in the business, including making improvements to the building.

“We will be reviewing the current programme and aim in the future to continue some public swimming sessions.”

For more information on SwimTech, visit www.swimtech.org.uk