Top-ranked Halifax Swim Club asks councilors to decide plans for leisure center

The club says the pool at the planned new leisure center at the current North Bridge site is inadequate for its needs as it is a basic pool with no deep water, diving boards or facilities the club used to to get to Halifax

The controversial plans were given the green light by Calderdale Council’s planning committee and the club said they were only consulted on the plans after the plans were published and the council said they were too late and expensive to change them.

The club, currently ranked third in the country, recently trained at Todmorden Pool, which they say is a much smaller pool with no competition facilities.

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A private school swimming pool is also rented by the club but the combination of this extra cost and the distance means that 70 members have already had to stop training in the sport and the remaining 45 members cannot commit to these sites at long term. club says.

The club said it has now secured the services of the national head of public law at Irwin Mitchell Solicitors, Yogi Amin, to advise them on the possibility of seeking a judicial review of this matter and preventing Calderdale council from taking action. move forward and he has sent a letter to the leader of Calderdale Council, asking him to share it with all councilors ahead of a vote at the council meeting tonight (February 9).

Club committee member Kirsty McGregor said if Council votes to go ahead with current plans and start construction, it will mean deep water is omitted from the new pool, making the future of synchronized swimmers uncertain and probable closure. of the club.

“We believe the Council discriminates against this sport which is almost exclusively played by young people and teenage girls,” she said.

“If he wanted to support opportunities for all members of the local population, he could have been more ambitious in his designs and funded the higher cost using a larger grant that was available from the government leveling fund, of which we know he was available and would be backed by both local Labor MP, Holly Lynch, and also Conservative MP, Craig Whittaker.

“As Swim England CEO Jane Nickerson pointed out to the Council Leader, this is a very successful club and one that has already achieved great things. In this group of young and teenage girls where the rate of dropout for competitive sport is disproportionately high, this sport in Halifax should be celebrated and protected.

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