Fears Over Yearsley Pool Closure Threat


Local Lib Dems have vowed to fight to protect leisure facilities in York, after it emerged the Labour group were considering the closure of the city’s largest swimming pool.

Last week local Labour Leader James Alexander said the pool was too expensive to run and highlighted claims that the city was oversupplied with swimming facilities.

This is not the first time that Labour have looked at closing Yearsley pool. In 2002 the Labour group proposed closure and the pool was only saved after Liberal Democrats campaigned to keep it open and won the subsequent election in 2003.

Yearsley is the only long course pool in the city and so is a unique attraction for the increasing number of fitness swimmers. Closing Yearsley and replacing it with smaller pools would mean the city would be without a pool that meets the needs of those people who swim for fitness.

In contrast to Labour’s failure to invest anything in the city’s pools during their time in power, the Liberal Democrats have invested £11m over the last 8 years and have secured more than £7m more through innovative partnerships like the one with the University of York that will deliver the new sports village pool.

Part of that £11m of investment has seen more than £1m spent on improving Yearsley Pool. These improvements have been welcomed by residents and the refurbished pool is now attracting record numbers of visitors. The number of visitors to Yearsley pool has risen by 40% since 2005

It is now becoming clear that no service in the city is safe from Labour, libraries and swimming pools are already under threat and those are only the ones we know about. Labour should be honest with the public about the full scale of their proposed cuts.

We will shortly be arranging a petition to help fight the closure of Yearsley and will post details here as soon as I have them. 

4 thoughts on “Fears Over Yearsley Pool Closure Threat

  1. […] 50 yard pool has fought off two previous attempts by Labour to close it although ironically in early 2011 – following a £1 million refit undertaken by the then LibDem controlled Council – Labour […]

  2. James Whitehead says:

    Where is the site for the Yearsley baths petition please, this pool should not be allowed to close, it is by far the best keep fit/swimming asset in the City of York, we must not allow unelected interfering people to masquerade as experts and feed complete untruths to the public and City Council officers. I have read a resume of the meetings and mutterings of certain people involved in the debacle of Yearsley pool and it would appear to me, that there are many falsehoods and untruths geared to ensure that York City football club are ensured a stadium at the cost to the York residents to the tune of millions of pounds! This is corrupt! Furthermore, any enquiry will very quickly realise that it is wrong. The Football Assoc’ have access to BILLIONS of pounds, why dodnt they stomp up the cash?
    It looks to me from the outside that everthing is all sorted, cut and dry and worked out well bfore the meetings took place and I would imagine, quite clearly, that Yearsley pool will be closed in about two years time on grounds that are completely erroneous and false, as before!

  3. James Whitehead says:

    I will be voting for the party who absolutely guarantee the continued opening and funding of this Fine YEARSLEY SWIMMING POOL!
    yours sincerely
    jim whitehead

  4. […] In January 2011, before coming to power, Labour began to question the future of the facility. […]

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