Plea by swimmers: Please don’t pull the plug on pool

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Swimmers and supporters of Elland’s threatened swimming pool have urged the council not to close it.

More than 60 residents attended a public meeting at Wainwright Hall to meet Elland councillors David Hardy (Lib Dem), Patricia Allen (Lib Dem) and John Ford (Con) and the council’s head of cultural services, Gary Burns.

Councillors confirmed the cost of keeping the pool open for the next five years would be £450,000.

The pool, which currently costs £140,000 a year to run, requires a new roof as well as work to the poolside and underneath the baths, which the council says will take 44 weeks.

It was also revealed the number of people using the pool between 2006 and 2011 had dropped by almost 50 per cent to just 30,000.

Newly opened pools in Brighouse and Sowerby Bridge have put the future of Elland pool in doubt. Councillor Allen said: “Councillor Hardy and I have been working since last September to get the money for the pool put into the council’s budget.”

More meetings are to be held on the pool’s future.