Monday, May 11, 2009


BBC News reports:

Campaigners claim a decision to close a swimming pool in Pembrokeshire will leave fewer children able to swim.

They have urged the county's cabinet to reconsider its decision to replace the pool at St David's with a sports hall.

Two protests are now planned with organisers warning closing it will endanger the lives of youngsters.

The council said campaigners had failed to deliver "sustainable or deliverable" plans to keep it open and Pembrokeshire was well served by six swimming pools.

Andy Dixon of the St Davids Community Pool Group said: "We strongly believe that closing the pool will lead to a dangerous situation for local children on this peninsula, which is surrounded by the sea.

"They need to be competent swimmers. The decision to close the pool will endanger lives."

He said the pool, which was built in 1975, was partly funded through public donations as a response to a spate of drownings in the water around the coastline.

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