Queensbury pool to close under new plans

Queensbury Pool.
Queensbury Pool.

Queensbury swimming pool could be set to close after a £41 million scheme to build four new swimming pools was supported.

A report detailing the proposals to build four new sports facilities across Bradford - replacing existing ones in Odsal (Richard Dunn Sports Centre), Bowling, Queensbury and Bingley - will go before Bradford Council’s executive.

The authority said the new, state-of-the-art centres - including one on Nelson Street in the city centre - will produce a saving of £17million over 25 years, when compared to the cost of keeping the existing four centres open and up to scratch.

Villagers and councillors had fought to keep the swimming pool in Sand Beds when the proposals were first brought forward in 2013.

Ward Coun Michael Walls (Con) said the pool in Victoria Hall was part of the village heritage left by the mill-owning Foster family.

“It’s not sensible to be cutting services while spending money on something that’s not needed. We already have a pool in Queensbury and it’s a community asset,” he said.

The proposed new pools are earmarked for Nelson Street in the city centre, Squire Lane for north Bradford, Sedbergh playing fields for south Bradford, and Asa Briggs Recreation Ground for south-west Bradford.

The executive report also reveals that 67 per cent of people who responded to the consultation were in favour of building the new pools.

The report will go before the Bradford Executive on Tuesday, January 13.