THE BATTLE to save Gnosall’s swimming pool has gone to the Government.
Villagers are fighting to stop the pool at St Lawrence School from closing, after it was announced earlier this month that a new school was set to be built on the site.
And today MP Bill Cash announced that he was calling on the Secretary of State for Education and Staffordshire County Council to ensure the pool stays open.
Sir Bill said: “The pool is used widely by the school itself and the wider community and it is important that the creation and maintenance of the pool has been continuously supported over decades by the local community in Gnosall.
“It is important that children are taught how to swim and closing the local pool, which serves not only Gnosall but the much wider community, would not make sense.
“A petition is already and rightly being maintained on the county council website and I have taken the matter up with both the county council and the Secretary of State to demand that the swimming pool remains open.”
Developers hope to begin work on the new school building in December, meaning the pool could close for good by Christmas. But Staffordshire County Council has said that no firm decision has yet been made.
On Monday a meeting was held at Gnosall Family Sports Club for residents who want to help collect signatures against the pool closure. The online petition has netted more than 350 signatures so far.