Four options for future of junior school swimming pool

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Leave it to rot? One of school's suggestions for future of "too expensive" swimming pool

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A BOURNEMOUTH junior school is considering closing its swimming pool because it is costing too much to maintain.

Stourfield Junior School is consulting parents on four different options for the pool, which is used by hundreds of youngsters from both the school and the wider community every week.

School governors say the pool made a small loss of £1,738 in 2010/11 but will require expensive maintenance work in the next few years. This work is estimated to cost around £428,000 and will have to be paid by the school as there is no council funding available.

Parents are being asked whether they would support a suggestion to close the pool and leave the buildings to deteriorate until the council is forced to demolish them.

Alternatively, they could opt to carry out specific fund-raising to pay for future maintenance costs, hand the building over to another manager or set up a charitable body to oversee the running of the pool.

Gaynor Brown, the school’s chair of governors, said: “The governing body is being proactive in investigating possibilities for the future of the swimming pool. Until the public consultation is complete there really isn’t much more we can say.”

Felicity Draper, access manager, community learning and commissioning, said they had limited funding available to address high priority building repairs at schools but could not afford to spend this on swimming pools.

“Not all schools in Bournemouth have a swimming pool, and there are a wide range of alternative pools available in the borough for schools to meet their commitment to teach swimming as part of the curriculum,” she said. “Therefore in recent years, swimming pools at schools have not been supported by funding from the council.

“The school looks after the day to day management and maintenance of the pool, and the decision about the future of the pool rests with them.”

What parents say

Debbie Hall, 47, whose ten-year-old son Finley attends Stourfield, said: “I’m a former pupil and learned how to swim here; I think other children should have the same opportunity.

“I think it is a shame that the pool could close and I would be prepared to support any fundraising efforts to save it.”

Sarah Furze shared her sentiments. She said: “I would like to see the pool remaining open; it’s now compulsory to have swimming lessons and taking a coach to the Littledown Centre would be costly.

“Other schools do that, but I don’t think it is a solution. The school’s pool must stay open.”
Janine Rose, 31 said: “I like the option of handing over the pool to a charitable trust; I don’t think it should close.

“My son has swimming lessons at Stourfield and I think other children should have the same chance. I live nearby and don’t want to have to pay transport costs.”

Melody Moss, 37, a mum-of-two who lives nearby, said: “I learned to swim at Stourfield; my children have been swimming since the age of four and I want them, and future generations, to have the opportunities I did. I would support any  initiatives to keep the school swimming pool open.”

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12:40pm Wed 30 Jan 13

stevobath says...

Went to StourField & then Beaufort.The schools had fantastic ameneties.They closed Beaufort which was a shame.

To lose the pool is terrible.I'm shocked as to how much it would cost to keep the pool open?

I hope theres a way for them to keep the pool open.
Went to StourField & then Beaufort.The schools had fantastic ameneties.They closed Beaufort which was a shame. To lose the pool is terrible.I'm shocked as to how much it would cost to keep the pool open? I hope theres a way for them to keep the pool open. stevobath
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1:06pm Wed 30 Jan 13

P Barker says...

Hire it out at weekends or after school ?. Surely that would recover some of the costs.
Hire it out at weekends or after school ?. Surely that would recover some of the costs. P Barker
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1:43pm Wed 30 Jan 13

Wilkie says...

Stourfield (69-75) and Beaufort (75-80) again here. It was such a shame that they built a housing estate on the school fields. Likewise, it's not nice to hear that they might be closing the swimming pool where I learnt to swim, I hope they find a way to keep it open.
Stourfield (69-75) and Beaufort (75-80) again here. It was such a shame that they built a housing estate on the school fields. Likewise, it's not nice to hear that they might be closing the swimming pool where I learnt to swim, I hope they find a way to keep it open. Wilkie
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2:06pm Wed 30 Jan 13

BmthNewshound says...

With childhood obesity on the increase it seems crazy that a facility like this is being allowed to close.
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Once again Bournemouth Council appears to be neglecting funding projects which will benefit the local community instead decising using its limited resources funding speculative property development.
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If the council can find £2m for Leyton Mount which will be of questionable benefit to the town they can afford £400k to repair the swimming pool at Stourfield Junior School which will benefit the whole community now and help improve childrens health.
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With childhood obesity on the increase it seems crazy that a facility like this is being allowed to close. . Once again Bournemouth Council appears to be neglecting funding projects which will benefit the local community instead decising using its limited resources funding speculative property development. . If the council can find £2m for Leyton Mount which will be of questionable benefit to the town they can afford £400k to repair the swimming pool at Stourfield Junior School which will benefit the whole community now and help improve childrens health. . BmthNewshound
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4:11pm Wed 30 Jan 13

Phixer says...

As a taxpayer that has subsidised its building, I would be disgusted if there was a concensus to let the pool and buildings rot "until the council has to demolish" spending yet more of my tax money.

We should be encouraging fitness and swimming and there should be a strong push to find a way of keeping the pool open, by a commercial concern if necessary, evenings and weekends included.

Unfortunately, we know only too well what happens to our tax money when public servants are left in charge of the kitty. 3 million for sandbags but nothing for a functioning swimming pool.
As a taxpayer that has subsidised its building, I would be disgusted if there was a concensus to let the pool and buildings rot "until the council has to demolish" spending yet more of my tax money. We should be encouraging fitness and swimming and there should be a strong push to find a way of keeping the pool open, by a commercial concern if necessary, evenings and weekends included. Unfortunately, we know only too well what happens to our tax money when public servants are left in charge of the kitty. 3 million for sandbags but nothing for a functioning swimming pool. Phixer
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4:33pm Wed 30 Jan 13

Xchurchmum says...

Or they will go the way of Christchurch Junior School and fundraise to keep the pool open for years and years, then when those pupils have left quickly say we still can't afford it and put all the fund raising money to another cause and close the pool anyway.

It's a real shame all these pools closing, but Stourfields pool will close the same as Christchurch Junior Schools and Twynham Schools.
Or they will go the way of Christchurch Junior School and fundraise to keep the pool open for years and years, then when those pupils have left quickly say we still can't afford it and put all the fund raising money to another cause and close the pool anyway. It's a real shame all these pools closing, but Stourfields pool will close the same as Christchurch Junior Schools and Twynham Schools. Xchurchmum
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6:13pm Wed 30 Jan 13

manyogie says...

What about a lottery grant?
It,s a good cause.
What about a lottery grant? It,s a good cause. manyogie
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7:07pm Wed 30 Jan 13

yvonne33 says...

if parents want there children to swim let them pay for it we are in a deep recesion from a previous government who loved free things they couldnt pay for
if parents want there children to swim let them pay for it we are in a deep recesion from a previous government who loved free things they couldnt pay for yvonne33
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10:49pm Wed 30 Jan 13

Bournefre says...

Turn it into an Imax cinema.

... Or an ice rink.
Turn it into an Imax cinema. ... Or an ice rink. Bournefre
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12:57am Thu 31 Jan 13

wonderway says...

Olympic legacy proves how much these two words were Tory lies everyone takes the the easy way out. Someone need to get off their butts and ensure these facilities are there for future children not make excuses. So who is actually going to stand up and be counted come on local councilors show your not a beasley lemming and offer help to save this facility, Local MP your tory show some back bone and support your local children
Olympic legacy proves how much these two words were Tory lies everyone takes the the easy way out. Someone need to get off their butts and ensure these facilities are there for future children not make excuses. So who is actually going to stand up and be counted come on local councilors show your not a beasley lemming and offer help to save this facility, Local MP your tory show some back bone and support your local children wonderway
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7:51am Thu 31 Jan 13

sashabubble says...

Xchurchmum wrote:
Or they will go the way of Christchurch Junior School and fundraise to keep the pool open for years and years, then when those pupils have left quickly say we still can't afford it and put all the fund raising money to another cause and close the pool anyway.

It's a real shame all these pools closing, but Stourfields pool will close the same as Christchurch Junior Schools and Twynham Schools.
and Malmesbury Park Primary School pool in Charminster. I helped fundraise to build the pool in the 70's. It was a very sad day when they filled it in last year.
[quote][p][bold]Xchurchmum[/bold] wrote: Or they will go the way of Christchurch Junior School and fundraise to keep the pool open for years and years, then when those pupils have left quickly say we still can't afford it and put all the fund raising money to another cause and close the pool anyway. It's a real shame all these pools closing, but Stourfields pool will close the same as Christchurch Junior Schools and Twynham Schools.[/p][/quote]and Malmesbury Park Primary School pool in Charminster. I helped fundraise to build the pool in the 70's. It was a very sad day when they filled it in last year. sashabubble
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7:58am Thu 31 Jan 13

Wilkie says...

Good point wonderway. Those effected need to get Tobias involved and play the Olympic Legacy card.
Good point wonderway. Those effected need to get Tobias involved and play the Olympic Legacy card. Wilkie
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8:15am Thu 31 Jan 13

jobsworthwatch says...

There's a clue here for all those town centre swimming pool (and ice rink) pontificators!
There's a clue here for all those town centre swimming pool (and ice rink) pontificators! jobsworthwatch
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11:18am Thu 31 Jan 13

stevobath says...

yvonne33 wrote:
if parents want there children to swim let them pay for it we are in a deep recesion from a previous government who loved free things they couldnt pay for
What a short sighted outlook.

As for previous Govt's. Seem to remember Thatcher giving green lights for Councils to sell off school fields etc. along with social housing, just for short term gains?
[quote][p][bold]yvonne33[/bold] wrote: if parents want there children to swim let them pay for it we are in a deep recesion from a previous government who loved free things they couldnt pay for[/p][/quote]What a short sighted outlook. As for previous Govt's. Seem to remember Thatcher giving green lights for Councils to sell off school fields etc. along with social housing, just for short term gains? stevobath
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12:57pm Thu 31 Jan 13

Ruderemark says...

Every effort must be made to keep this pool open. Fund raising events with friends, parents & children taking part in various swimming activities.
Swimming is not just for fun & fitness it is also confidence building in & around water & maybe a life saver..
Every effort must be made to keep this pool open. Fund raising events with friends, parents & children taking part in various swimming activities. Swimming is not just for fun & fitness it is also confidence building in & around water & maybe a life saver.. Ruderemark
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