We should be in the swim

Sir – The government announced on June 6 that it will be offering free swimming for all at municipal pools. Swimming was chosen as the priority sport for its potential to bridge exercise and recreation. Such promotion of swimming strengthens even more

Sir - The government announced on June 6 that it will be offering free swimming for all at municipal pools. Swimming was chosen as the priority sport for its potential to bridge exercise and recreation.

Such promotion of swimming strengthens even more the case for restoring public swimming facilities in WGC. There could hardly be a better opportunity for doing this than on the Broadwater Road development site, on which, according to the Supplementary Planning Document, there is to be a combined heat and power plant.

Such plants produce low grade heat energy at a temperature suitable for heating pools to about 30 degrees, and they are more efficient if they always have a base load, which a swimming pool could provide.

There is even the prospect of obtaining a government grant of between £1 and £5m if the pool formed part of youth provision.


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Why should WGC residents be denied the advantages of the government's largesse in subsiding free entry to municipal pools by being only one of two towns of its size in London and the home counties with no municipal pool?

Bertie Everard, Fern Grove, WGC.

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