Pitsea pool to close in a fortnight

A MUCH-loved swimming pool will close its doors in just two weeks’ time.


Campaigners, who have battled to save Pitsea swimming pool, said the new was “sad but no surprise”.


The Echo previously told how Basildon Council said the pool in Northlands Pavement would close no later than Sunday December 2, but it could close even earlier if they could get plans in place to relocate classes.


Now the authority has revealed the pool will now shut for the final time on Sunday November 4.


It comes as the council revealed it will run a shuttle bus from The Place to the Sporting Village on Cranes Farm Road.


The shuttle service will run five days a week with a special service on Wednesdays for the over 50s.


The bus service will come into force on Monday November 5 with an official timetable announced next week and will be run by
the Basildon District Volunteer Careers (BDVC) until at least march 2013.


The move comes following complaints from campaigners that users of Pitsea pool would struggle to get to the Sporting Village, as no bus service currently runs between the two destinations.


The council announced swimming lessons previously run at Pitsea will now take place at Wickford pool in Market Avenue and the Sporting Village from January.


Plans are also being put in place to eventually offer classes at the pool of the Lower Academy in Timberlog Close, which will offer a closer alternative for Pitsea residents.


Malcolm Buckley, Basildon Council’s cabinet member for regeneration, said: “It has not been an easy decision to close the pool, but I am convinced that it is the right thing to do.


“We cannot ignore this major private investment as we do not own the land in the town centre and therefore have to engage with the private sector.


“This regeneration will create a totally new town centre, create hundreds of jobs, and just as importantly, safeguard hundreds more.”
 


Under plans to revamp Pitsea town centre the pool in Northlands Pavement, part of the market, Aldi and a row of shops will be bulldozed to make way for a 75,000sq ft Morrison’s supermarket.


Kevin Blake, Basildon Council’s cabinet member for leisure and the arts, will be hosting a question and answer sessions at The Place (formerly Pitsea Leisure Centre) in Northlands Pavement from 10am to midday this Saturday and between 6pm and 8pm on Tuesday October 30.

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10:44am Fri 26 Oct 12

DEBT*COLLECTOR says...

Disgusting story. Pitsea should not have sold as it has so many classes at the pool and its so busy daily with aqua arobics, kids swimming lessons, classes to learn life saving, kids classes disabled kids classes etc etc etc.

The council advertise in Pitsea, get fit use your local pool. DISGUSTING

Money becomes before peoples health and leisure. If this pool wanst used then yes sell it but its so popular and always busy.

How many supermarkets do we need ? Some idiot who sells flowers in Pitsea said it will be great but she dont realise the supermarket flower prices will slaughter her business.
Disgusting story. Pitsea should not have sold as it has so many classes at the pool and its so busy daily with aqua arobics, kids swimming lessons, classes to learn life saving, kids classes disabled kids classes etc etc etc. The council advertise in Pitsea, get fit use your local pool. DISGUSTING Money becomes before peoples health and leisure. If this pool wanst used then yes sell it but its so popular and always busy. How many supermarkets do we need ? Some idiot who sells flowers in Pitsea said it will be great but she dont realise the supermarket flower prices will slaughter her business. DEBT*COLLECTOR

3:55pm Fri 26 Oct 12

Eric Whim says...

Kevin Blake, Basildon Council’s cabinet member for leisure and the arts, will be hosting a question and answer sessions at The Place (formerly Pitsea Leisure Centre) in Northlands Pavement from 10am to midday this Saturday and between 6pm and 8pm on Tuesday October 30.


Greggs the baker and Simple Simon have been put on high alert
[quote]Kevin Blake, Basildon Council’s cabinet member for leisure and the arts, will be hosting a question and answer sessions at The Place (formerly Pitsea Leisure Centre) in Northlands Pavement from 10am to midday this Saturday and between 6pm and 8pm on Tuesday October 30.[/quote] Greggs the baker and Simple Simon have been put on high alert Eric Whim

7:49pm Sat 27 Oct 12

Joe Wildman says...

Where will the people of Pitsea go to wash now!
Where will the people of Pitsea go to wash now! Joe Wildman

10:49am Sun 28 Oct 12

TheWizzard says...

You would have thought the mayor would be all for saving this as its in her ward, but she decided to help the kent view group save their ground instead (which is not her ward). But people should remember that she raised her hand to sell off the playing fields with the rest of the tory group
You would have thought the mayor would be all for saving this as its in her ward, but she decided to help the kent view group save their ground instead (which is not her ward). But people should remember that she raised her hand to sell off the playing fields with the rest of the tory group TheWizzard

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