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Heysham Community Swimming Pool Future Discussed Tonight

The future of the community swimming pool in Heysham is being discussed by Lancashire County Council's cabinet tonight (Thursday).

Until last month, Lancaster City Council had been running it - but says it can no longer afford to do so. The city council therefore handed the pool back to the county council.

Heysham High School school has expressed an interest in running it, with the county council keen to transfer the pool to the school "as soon as practically possible" in order to save it from closure.

The county council also says the school can have a one-off payment to help the school take it over, with £27,000 available.

As part of the arrangements, Lancaster City Council has told us that the pool is now closed for building work to be carried out, ahead of an expected re-opening date of the 6th November.

Decisions on the future of two other local pools - in Carnforth (read more here) and Hornby (read more here), will be made in November.

County Councillor Phillippa Williamson, lead member for young people, said: "We're keen to ensure that the three swimming pools in Lancaster continue to be available for schools and the local community to use, and are working very closely with the organisations which would like to run them in future following the city council's decision to hand them back to us.

"We're very grateful to the school and community organisations for their interest in taking ownership of the pools under the council's Community Asset Transfer (CAT) policy, and the time and resources they've already committed to ensure their plans are robust and can be progressed as quickly as possible.

"We are now at the stage where a proposal can be put to the county council's cabinet about transferring Heysham Community Swimming Pool to Heysham High School Sports College and are working towards being able to take proposals about the other pools to the November cabinet meeting.

"As part of the budget approved in July it is proposed to support the transition of any successful transfer, and the proposal to cabinet includes paying £27,000 to the high school upon completion of the transfer."

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