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Old 26-05-2009, 06:06 AM   #1
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Campaign to save Newcastle City Pool

The Newcastle City Pool, which is billed as a fantastic tourist attraction on this link: http://www.thebestof.co.uk/local/new...ewcastle/63859

is under threat.

Newcastle City Council want to close the 25 yard swimming pool as part of plans to create a new MyPlace centre in the building next door. (I haven't yet got enough information to know why this means the swimming pool has to close)

Chris Cook is speaking up for the pool.

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/north...2703-23706281/

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Old 26-05-2009, 06:13 AM   #2
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The City Pool is an historic pool situated right in the heart of the city and therefore very easily accessible.
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Old 26-05-2009, 08:29 AM   #3
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Newcastle City Council has won a £5m Government grant to create MyPlace, a building where youngsters can take part in activities and get information and advice, in the old school on Vine Place, which has been disused for 20 years.

The building is part of a national scheme designed to get youngsters off the streets. It could include a café, space for sports, a recording studio and performance area.
So swimming isn't an activity to keep kids off the street, then? Learning to swim and gaining confidence in the water is far more important than playing at being pop-stars! Bear in mind that Newcastle has a bloody great river flowing through it.

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Old 26-05-2009, 08:40 AM   #4
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So swimming isn't an activity to keep kids off the street, then? Learning to swim and gaining confidence in the water is far more important than playing at being pop-stars! Bear in mind that Newcastle has a bloody great river flowing through it.

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This link describes the MyPlace scheme in more detail before they knew they were going to get the funding (dated Oct 2008)

http://www.newcastle.gov.uk/core.nsf...ews_oct2008_33

The MyPlace building is behind the City Pool so it still isn't clear why they want to destroy the pool, especially as they have been given millions to fund this particular youth programme.
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Old 26-05-2009, 08:49 AM   #5
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Naturally the Council has its "Active" programme:-
http://www.activenewcastle.co.uk/site/


Councillors are very fond of blandly saying that there are "other" pools that swimmers can use, but one of these (the Jesmond Pool) was only saved by enormous community effort after the Council voted to close it in the early 1990's.

http://www.jesmondpool.co.uk/#

If you click on the About us section and then the History of Jesmond Pool you can see that it's no thanks to the Council that this pool is still going strong.

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Old 26-05-2009, 09:26 AM   #6
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When I was a child I used to do my school swimming in Byrne Avenue Baths. Now it's closing.
When I went to university I swam at the city pool. Now it's under threat. Are the philistines chasing me round the country?

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Old 27-05-2009, 07:05 AM   #7
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I also swam at the City Pool when I was at Newcastle University. Would be very sad to see it demolished unnecessarily.
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Old 06-06-2009, 06:31 AM   #8
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Protests about the loss of the City Baths have increased: Finswimmer John has sent me this link:

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/north...2703-23788908/

It just seems a mad idea altogether - to create a youth drop-in centre whilst exiling any youth swimmers. What are the Council thinking? They have £5 million from the Govt, so why needlessly destroy another much-used and appreciated facility?

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http://www.gopetition.co.uk/online/28282.html

There's an online petition in addition to the one submitted to the council.
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There's an online petition in addition to the one submitted to the council.
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http://www.gopetition.co.uk/online/28282.html

There's an online petition in addition to the one submitted to the council.

Have just signed. Thanks for posting the link KB
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Have just signed. Thanks for posting the link KB
There's also a Facebook support group, Broomy.

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=85992224188
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The City Pool is very close to the town hall, City Centre, Universities etc.
I believe it has 2 pools- a 25 m one and a 25 yard one. I think I'm right in thinking it's the second 25yd pool that is closing, and this is the one used by learners, aquarobics etc.
Please correct me if I have got this wrong....it isn't clear on the pool website which is here: http://www.newcastleleisure.co.uk/citypool

Also, during the school holidays children aren't allowed in public sessions in the main pool. This is kept as adults only. Apart from being very descriminating against young people who want to swim rather than just mess about, it will mean nowhere for children to swim if that pool is closed.
I've just signed one of the petitions.

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The City Pool is very close to the town hall, City Centre, Universities etc.
I believe it has 2 pools- a 25 m one and a 25 yard one. I think I'm right in thinking it's the second 25yd pool that is closing, and this is the one used by learners, aquarobics etc.
Please correct me if I have got this wrong....it isn't clear on the pool website which is here: http://www.newcastleleisure.co.uk/citypool

Also, during the school holidays children aren't allowed in public sessions in the main pool. This is kept as adults only. Apart from being very descriminating against young people who want to swim rather than just mess about, it will mean nowhere for children to swim if that pool is closed.
I've just signed one of the petitions.
Yes - the Go Petition explains it quite well; the City pool mainly used by the children will be closed so that the Council can implement this My Space project to help er....children! (A highly intelligent use of £5 million.)

This is the link again: http://www.gopetition.co.uk/online/28282.html

This is so bizarre that there may be a chance of stopping this one.
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Old 08-06-2009, 06:11 PM   #15
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Dampflippers, did you know you can also 'recommend' articles in the Chronicle, add comments or directly e-mail the journalist writing the piece, who in this case is Adam Jupp.

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/north...2703-23788908/

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