PLANS to save a village swimming pool under threat of closure will come to nothing if parish, borough and county councillors are not able to work together, a Gnosall councillor has warned.
The pool at Gnosall St Lawrence CE Primary School will not be rebuilt as part of the replacement multi-million pound building when the current site is bulldozed.
County councillor for Gnosall and Doxey and Stafford borough councillor for Seighford, Mark Winnington, admitted he was “frustrated” in his efforts to save the pool and said he did not think parish councillors in the village understood the need to pull together to save the facility.
“I’m trying to put a plan together to save the pool,” said Councillor Winnington.
“But I was quite disappointed at the last meeting of Gnosall Parish Council.
“They seem to think it’s someone else’s job, but if we don’t come together over this it might not happen,” he said.
“I need the county, borough and parish councils to all get behind this and come together if we’re going to save it.”
Councillor Winnington said his first priority was to ensure the pool was safe from demolition and then to secure the capital funding necessary to refurbish it.
“But we need to have proper plans in place as to how we’re going to resource the pool going forward,” he said.
“This is something I would call a real community asset.” Councillor Winnington urged residents to attend a public meeting at the village’s Grosvenor Centre on a date set to be set.
Chair of Gnosall Parish Council said: "Whilst Mark Winnington did make the statement at the October meeting of Gnosall Parish Council that he was attempting to arrange a meeting and a plan to save the swimming pool at St Lawrence School, he did not come up with any dates, place or time.
"When he does we will be only too happy to attend," he said.
"Currently I believe the county council owns the swimming pool.
“If Mark wishes the pool to remain, it is for him to progress it's saving.”