|New future for Hindley Pool
The future for Hindley Community Pool looks bright as a commitment is made to keep the pool open.
As part of The Deal, to keep the facility open and enhance its services, it is being transferred to Wigan Council later this month.
A community group has been running the pool since 2013 but the group has now disbanded and a new direction for the long term sustainability of the pool is now needed.
The intention is for the facilities to be operated by another company. Discussions are taking place but at this stage nothing has been formally confirmed.
Leader of the council, Cllr David Molyneux, explains: “Back in 2013 we were facing the enormous challenge of taking £160m out of the council’s budget and The Deal had only just launched.
“We didn’t want to start shutting facilities so instead we began working with communities through The Deal to look at how we could support them to take over some facilities.
“Our thanks and appreciation goes to the trustees of the pool who have maintained it for the last five years. The community group has put in a lot of their own time to keep the facility running and managed it in challenging economic times.
“We are all in agreement that the priority is the continued operation of the pool and its future as a much loved community facility.
“We are now aware that a certain amount of work is needed to improve the facilities at the pool and investment is required.
“This centre will add to the brilliant leisure offer we have across the borough so our residents can get active and healthy as part of The Deal.”
As part of the legal insolvency process the company must be formally closed down and the lease then forfeited to the council.
During this transition the pool will likely be closed for a short period while a new operator is obtained.