Why Carlisle's swimmers are concerned about the proposed Sands Centre Redevelopment

Why Carlisle's swimmers are concerned about the proposed Sands Centre Redevelopment

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John Mather started this petition to colin.glover@carlisle.gov.uk

We, the undersigned, are all Carlisle Leisure Swimmers.  We are all regular users of The Pools, James St, Carlisle.  This is a well used and loved community facility catering for, and used by, swimmers of all ages and abilities and with a wide range of requirements and aspirations. 

We are not affiliated to any club or group affiliated with The Pools but we all enjoy swimming for recreation and for reasons of fitness, health and well being.  We also include users of the Turkish Health Suite.

The Pools contains four separate pool areas, namely, a 33m main pool (permanently barriered to form separate 25m and 7m pools); a 20m pool and a 10m pool.  We  believe that this number of pools allows separate  groups of users, be they elite swimmers, leisure swimmers, learner swimmers  or less confident swimmers, to swim in the pool which is most appropriate for their requirements.

We understand that Carlisle City Council is currently proposing to build a new pool complex as part of the proposed Sands Centre redevelopment and that this complex will only contain two pools, namely, a 25m by 8m lane main pool and a 20m by 8m wide learners' pool.

 We are concerned about:

  • a potential flooding risk at the site chosen and risk of possible pollution from chemicals used in water treatment
  • an apparent reduction in the number of pools from 4 to 2
  • the loss of two small pools which are often preferred by parents with tots/babies and less confident swimmers

Accordingly, we would ask you, on behalf of Carlisle City Council to:

  • Provide a forum and/or meeting with Carlisle Leisure Swimmers to "have our say" and comment on the proposals.
  • Confirm what will happen to The Pools.  For example, have you considered its refurbishment?
  • Explain how you propose to accommodate all swimmers within the proposed complex without restricting current usage.
  • Confirm the long term marketability and sustainability of the Turkish Health Suite.
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