Death knell for Pitsea swimming pool as council chiefs say it will close

CAMPAIGNERS fighting to keep Pitsea swimming pool were today dealt a bitter blow after council chiefs published a report recommending its closure.

An agenda published ahead of next week’s cabinet meeting outlines a council plan to transfer the ownership of the pool to London and Cambridge Properties to enable a major regeneration of the town.

Residents and opposition councillors reacted angrily to the news and vowed to still fight to keep it open.

However, the council’s ruling Tories said the plans are the only way to secure a brighter future for ailing Pitsea town centre.

Under the plans the pool in Northlands Pavement, row of shops including Aldi, and part of the market will be lost to a large new Morrison’s supermarket which will create 350 local jobs and 200 more during construction.

Six new shop units will be developed alongside the supermarket, including a new home for Aldi, while a new 100 pitch market will go on the site of the former Railway Hotel and offices, including Pembroke House, which will be revamped creating an opportunity for 50 further jobs.

Malcolm Buckley, cabinet member for environment said: “Pitsea town centre is declining and in need of investment – this is not in any doubt, and the council has to take this opportunity for major private investment.

Gavin Callaghan, Labour councillor for Pitsea North West, vowed to keep fighting to secure the pool staying open as part of the regeneration.


He said: “We were elected on a pledge that we would fight to keep the pool open. More than 3,000 people have signed a petition against the closure, but under a council procedure they won’t discuss that for another six months."
 

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5:23pm Wed 5 Sep 12

Eric Whim says...

that'll teach 'em for voting out Blakey's missis.......
that'll teach 'em for voting out Blakey's missis....... Eric Whim

5:34pm Wed 5 Sep 12

gumbley says...

Another example of the Tory Olympic legacy, let alone the effect on youngsters chances of learning to swim. Will they now evict the tenants of Billericay Swimming pool and allow house building on the site? Unlikely as people there still vote Tory!
Another example of the Tory Olympic legacy, let alone the effect on youngsters chances of learning to swim. Will they now evict the tenants of Billericay Swimming pool and allow house building on the site? Unlikely as people there still vote Tory! gumbley

5:53pm Wed 5 Sep 12

Eric Whim says...

Basildon Council Communications wrote:
gumbley wrote: Another example of the Tory Olympic legacy, let alone the effect on youngsters chances of learning to swim. Will they now evict the tenants of Billericay Swimming pool and allow house building on the site? Unlikely as people there still vote Tory!
Billericay swimming pool is a council owned or run swimming pool. All school swimming lessons will be relocated nearby, as will the learn to swim programme.
can the residents of the area of Pitsea that are going to get that million quid handout from the Lottery use it to by the pool?
[quote][p][bold]Basildon Council Communications[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gumbley[/bold] wrote: Another example of the Tory Olympic legacy, let alone the effect on youngsters chances of learning to swim. Will they now evict the tenants of Billericay Swimming pool and allow house building on the site? Unlikely as people there still vote Tory![/p][/quote]Billericay swimming pool is a council owned or run swimming pool. All school swimming lessons will be relocated nearby, as will the learn to swim programme.[/p][/quote]can the residents of the area of Pitsea that are going to get that million quid handout from the Lottery use it to by the pool? Eric Whim

6:07pm Wed 5 Sep 12

CleverPoliticalSlogan says...

What a massive loss for Pitsea seems like the council sold themselves out as usual like the common prostitute
What a massive loss for Pitsea seems like the council sold themselves out as usual like the common prostitute CleverPoliticalSlogan

6:36pm Wed 5 Sep 12

Rich~Carol says...

its absolutley disgusting and the local council and goverment, local MPs also medical people say to families get fit get healthy in poor run down council areas and swim instead of sitting at a games computer. Pitsea fits the bill 100 percent and the pool is right in the centre of a massive council estate.

The pool is used regular by locals who want to swim, they do training for young kids there to learn to swim, lots of aqua arobics classes deep water shallow water and aqua zumba twice a week, life saving classes, disabled peoples swim plus many more water activities for the people of pitsea and outsiders.

The nearest pool now will be Basildon and hard to get there for local people on the pitsea pool estate. I am fffukin disgusted.

Best they stop telling and bullying the people of pitsea to get fit get active.
its absolutley disgusting and the local council and goverment, local MPs also medical people say to families get fit get healthy in poor run down council areas and swim instead of sitting at a games computer. Pitsea fits the bill 100 percent and the pool is right in the centre of a massive council estate. The pool is used regular by locals who want to swim, they do training for young kids there to learn to swim, lots of aqua arobics classes deep water shallow water and aqua zumba twice a week, life saving classes, disabled peoples swim plus many more water activities for the people of pitsea and outsiders. The nearest pool now will be Basildon and hard to get there for local people on the pitsea pool estate. I am fffukin disgusted. Best they stop telling and bullying the people of pitsea to get fit get active. Rich~Carol

7:19pm Wed 5 Sep 12

jolllyboy says...

What councillors want they get.
No matter what the people want.
So much for democracy.
What has this country come to.
Vote them out.
It is the same in Southend. I cannot understand - why do people vote them in ? Where is all the money going ?
The roads are just going to get more crowded getting to these 'local' facilities. If you cannot travel far its tough.
What councillors want they get. No matter what the people want. So much for democracy. What has this country come to. Vote them out. It is the same in Southend. I cannot understand - why do people vote them in ? Where is all the money going ? The roads are just going to get more crowded getting to these 'local' facilities. If you cannot travel far its tough. jolllyboy

7:55pm Wed 5 Sep 12

President3 says...

WTF is going on in this town???

Gloucester Park (and the swimming pool we waited so long for) is given away to developers (to pay for the white elephant called 'The Sporting Village'), local playing fields are being sold to pay the interest on the massive loans this crappy council took out to build their white elephant, Basildon Golf course is being run down in preparation for it's sale (again to developers) and now this.

Whatever happened to the word 'legacy'???

Everybody - please remember these decisions at the next council elections!!!!
WTF is going on in this town??? Gloucester Park (and the swimming pool we waited so long for) is given away to developers (to pay for the white elephant called 'The Sporting Village'), local playing fields are being sold to pay the interest on the massive loans this crappy council took out to build their white elephant, Basildon Golf course is being run down in preparation for it's sale (again to developers) and now this. Whatever happened to the word 'legacy'??? Everybody - please remember these decisions at the next council elections!!!! President3

8:13pm Wed 5 Sep 12

TheWizzard says...

All the masterplans are a joke, not one of them has actually been completed. Pitsea will go the same way as the others, plenty of empty flats and no shops, i do believe Billericay pool is 'privatly run by a company called First strokes
All the masterplans are a joke, not one of them has actually been completed. Pitsea will go the same way as the others, plenty of empty flats and no shops, i do believe Billericay pool is 'privatly run by a company called First strokes TheWizzard

8:35pm Wed 5 Sep 12

tac123 says...

Jollyboy,

The problem is this, in the affluent northern Basildon wards, Wickford and billericay, the Tories are still voted in as they look after these wards at the expense of the basildon wards of vange and Pitsea! These wards are predominantly labour wards, the tories keep a hold on power due to the fact that they control more wards and they look after these wards whatever the cost to those living in the labour wards! Another good example of this is with the Tory sell off of playing fields in the labour controlled wards such as Kent view road and laindon, shockingly no playing fields are to be sold in Wickford or billericay or any other Tory controlled ward! All of this to pay off the debts incurred due to the sporting pillage!
Jollyboy, The problem is this, in the affluent northern Basildon wards, Wickford and billericay, the Tories are still voted in as they look after these wards at the expense of the basildon wards of vange and Pitsea! These wards are predominantly labour wards, the tories keep a hold on power due to the fact that they control more wards and they look after these wards whatever the cost to those living in the labour wards! Another good example of this is with the Tory sell off of playing fields in the labour controlled wards such as Kent view road and laindon, shockingly no playing fields are to be sold in Wickford or billericay or any other Tory controlled ward! All of this to pay off the debts incurred due to the sporting pillage! tac123

8:50pm Wed 5 Sep 12

TheWizzard says...

tac123 wrote:
Jollyboy,

The problem is this, in the affluent northern Basildon wards, Wickford and billericay, the Tories are still voted in as they look after these wards at the expense of the basildon wards of vange and Pitsea! These wards are predominantly labour wards, the tories keep a hold on power due to the fact that they control more wards and they look after these wards whatever the cost to those living in the labour wards! Another good example of this is with the Tory sell off of playing fields in the labour controlled wards such as Kent view road and laindon, shockingly no playing fields are to be sold in Wickford or billericay or any other Tory controlled ward! All of this to pay off the debts incurred due to the sporting pillage!
And they have the cheek to say we are all in this together, if that is so, where is the Billericay Masterplan?
[quote][p][bold]tac123[/bold] wrote: Jollyboy, The problem is this, in the affluent northern Basildon wards, Wickford and billericay, the Tories are still voted in as they look after these wards at the expense of the basildon wards of vange and Pitsea! These wards are predominantly labour wards, the tories keep a hold on power due to the fact that they control more wards and they look after these wards whatever the cost to those living in the labour wards! Another good example of this is with the Tory sell off of playing fields in the labour controlled wards such as Kent view road and laindon, shockingly no playing fields are to be sold in Wickford or billericay or any other Tory controlled ward! All of this to pay off the debts incurred due to the sporting pillage![/p][/quote]And they have the cheek to say we are all in this together, if that is so, where is the Billericay Masterplan? TheWizzard

9:32pm Wed 5 Sep 12

Rich~Carol says...

TheWizzard wrote:
tac123 wrote:
Jollyboy,

The problem is this, in the affluent northern Basildon wards, Wickford and billericay, the Tories are still voted in as they look after these wards at the expense of the basildon wards of vange and Pitsea! These wards are predominantly labour wards, the tories keep a hold on power due to the fact that they control more wards and they look after these wards whatever the cost to those living in the labour wards! Another good example of this is with the Tory sell off of playing fields in the labour controlled wards such as Kent view road and laindon, shockingly no playing fields are to be sold in Wickford or billericay or any other Tory controlled ward! All of this to pay off the debts incurred due to the sporting pillage!
And they have the cheek to say we are all in this together, if that is so, where is the Billericay Masterplan?
I know 2 Conservative councillors personlly as one lives in my mews in Ramsden Heath and the other at Langdon Hills and they fought hard against the ppoxy Labour scum who go along with everything against the lower income people and council tenants in Pitsea... Labour, I wouldnt SSShit on them. I was one Tory that fought hard and Im still fighting and supporting that the pitsea pool stays.

Dont tell me about the poxxxy Labour mutants. People like Julie, denise, Sarah, David and other instructors at Pitsea pool know me personally so ask them how much effort we Torys have put into keeping the pool open for the residents of Pitsea.

I had a stand up shouting match with the 2 faced trio of Aidan McGurran, Gavin Callaghan and Byron Taylor and Lord Coe also said to them shame on you for selling the residents of Pitsea and Vange up the river. Lord Coe is still going to address the Labour scum bag councillors at the meeting planned end of September. I might be rich but I dont forget the poverty we had in the 40s and 50s when Labour was labour so dont lecture to me its the Torys, because its NOT and if the Torys would have got in in these poor deprived areas the pool would stay and quite rightly it FFuckin well should stay.

Sometimes you people talk through your aarrseholes !
[quote][p][bold]TheWizzard[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tac123[/bold] wrote: Jollyboy, The problem is this, in the affluent northern Basildon wards, Wickford and billericay, the Tories are still voted in as they look after these wards at the expense of the basildon wards of vange and Pitsea! These wards are predominantly labour wards, the tories keep a hold on power due to the fact that they control more wards and they look after these wards whatever the cost to those living in the labour wards! Another good example of this is with the Tory sell off of playing fields in the labour controlled wards such as Kent view road and laindon, shockingly no playing fields are to be sold in Wickford or billericay or any other Tory controlled ward! All of this to pay off the debts incurred due to the sporting pillage![/p][/quote]And they have the cheek to say we are all in this together, if that is so, where is the Billericay Masterplan?[/p][/quote]I know 2 Conservative councillors personlly as one lives in my mews in Ramsden Heath and the other at Langdon Hills and they fought hard against the ppoxy Labour scum who go along with everything against the lower income people and council tenants in Pitsea... Labour, I wouldnt SSShit on them. I was one Tory that fought hard and Im still fighting and supporting that the pitsea pool stays. Dont tell me about the poxxxy Labour mutants. People like Julie, denise, Sarah, David and other instructors at Pitsea pool know me personally so ask them how much effort we Torys have put into keeping the pool open for the residents of Pitsea. I had a stand up shouting match with the 2 faced trio of Aidan McGurran, Gavin Callaghan and Byron Taylor and Lord Coe also said to them shame on you for selling the residents of Pitsea and Vange up the river. Lord Coe is still going to address the Labour scum bag councillors at the meeting planned end of September. I might be rich but I dont forget the poverty we had in the 40s and 50s when Labour was labour so dont lecture to me its the Torys, because its NOT and if the Torys would have got in in these poor deprived areas the pool would stay and quite rightly it FFuckin well should stay. Sometimes you people talk through your aarrseholes ! Rich~Carol

10:07pm Wed 5 Sep 12

tac123 says...

So let me get this straight, it's labour who are selling the pool? That's strange because I'm fairly sure we have a Tory lead council with a majority so maybe they all missed the important vote while they were out knocking back champagne and caviar while the labour coucillors pulled the rug out from beneath them! Of course not, it's a Tory council and a Tory plan to sell our swimming pool and our playing fields.

40's and 50's, do you actually have dementia? The depression that followed the second world war was a direct result of seven years fighting the nazis, every country in the world suffered because of it, it had noting to do with which party was in power!

My argument is only this, the local Tory council have a rich history of screwing us in the south of the borough to the benefit of those in the north, it's a fact that is obvious to all who care to look not the history of Basildon!
So let me get this straight, it's labour who are selling the pool? That's strange because I'm fairly sure we have a Tory lead council with a majority so maybe they all missed the important vote while they were out knocking back champagne and caviar while the labour coucillors pulled the rug out from beneath them! Of course not, it's a Tory council and a Tory plan to sell our swimming pool and our playing fields. 40's and 50's, do you actually have dementia? The depression that followed the second world war was a direct result of seven years fighting the nazis, every country in the world suffered because of it, it had noting to do with which party was in power! My argument is only this, the local Tory council have a rich history of screwing us in the south of the borough to the benefit of those in the north, it's a fact that is obvious to all who care to look not the history of Basildon! tac123

10:12pm Wed 5 Sep 12

TheWizzard says...

If this 'Tory' was truly against the sell off they would come out publicly and admit it and not hide behind a false name on here.
If this 'Tory' was truly against the sell off they would come out publicly and admit it and not hide behind a false name on here. TheWizzard

10:58pm Wed 5 Sep 12

whataday says...

Cannot understand why this well used local facility - the swimming pool - is being shut. Its obvious it is needed there or it wouldn't have been built in the first place (Gloucester Park pool was opened well before Pitsea pool was)

Also I was under the impression the Railway Tavern is a listed building so how comes it and offices can be pulled down to make way for a market etc.
Cannot understand why this well used local facility - the swimming pool - is being shut. Its obvious it is needed there or it wouldn't have been built in the first place (Gloucester Park pool was opened well before Pitsea pool was) Also I was under the impression the Railway Tavern is a listed building so how comes it and offices can be pulled down to make way for a market etc. whataday

2:13am Thu 6 Sep 12

v.randy says...

Closing facilities as a cost saving measure during a recession is all very well but one day when this economic downturn is over Councils will look around and realise that the people thay serve have no facilities left.
And of course by then the profit motivate parties involved would have flogged the land to greedy Property Dev's and you'll never see the likes of librarys,swimming pools or other community facilities again.
Our communities will just be wall to wall second- rate ghettos for rich landlords to exploit whilst Councils rub their hands with glee as slowly their purpose dimishes as they'll eventually provide NO facilties whatsoever...plenty of time on their hands then to plan their early retirements courtesy of the very people they claim to serve.
Closing facilities as a cost saving measure during a recession is all very well but one day when this economic downturn is over Councils will look around and realise that the people thay serve have no facilities left. And of course by then the profit motivate parties involved would have flogged the land to greedy Property Dev's and you'll never see the likes of librarys,swimming pools or other community facilities again. Our communities will just be wall to wall second- rate ghettos for rich landlords to exploit whilst Councils rub their hands with glee as slowly their purpose dimishes as they'll eventually provide NO facilties whatsoever...plenty of time on their hands then to plan their early retirements courtesy of the very people they claim to serve. v.randy

10:55pm Thu 6 Sep 12

Imbroglio says...

Because we could really do with another supermarket in Pitsea town because you never know when Tescos or Aldi have run out of condoms because the council has used the towns used them all up we'll have Morrison's as a back up.
Because we could really do with another supermarket in Pitsea town because you never know when Tescos or Aldi have run out of condoms because the council has used the towns used them all up we'll have Morrison's as a back up. Imbroglio

11:16pm Thu 6 Sep 12

CleverPoliticalSlogan says...

This is a disgrace pitsea children have nothing to do now apart from hang around shops. Pitsea is going to turn into a slum.....this is not a re generation of a town its running down a town!
This is a disgrace pitsea children have nothing to do now apart from hang around shops. Pitsea is going to turn into a slum.....this is not a re generation of a town its running down a town! CleverPoliticalSlogan

12:55pm Fri 7 Sep 12

Rich~Carol says...

Just had a long phone call with a councillor and I am now informing you all that the Pitsea Pool with be closed forever around the 20th December this year and this is not a wind up or a spoof mail this is 100 percent the truth and its disgusting. I do not tell silly stories or tell rubbish. Carol
Just had a long phone call with a councillor and I am now informing you all that the Pitsea Pool with be closed forever around the 20th December this year and this is not a wind up or a spoof mail this is 100 percent the truth and its disgusting. I do not tell silly stories or tell rubbish. Carol Rich~Carol

5:46pm Fri 7 Sep 12

Eric Whim says...

CleverPoliticalSloga
n
wrote:
This is a disgrace pitsea children have nothing to do now apart from hang around shops. Pitsea is going to turn into a slum.....this is not a re generation of a town its running down a town!
they can play in Northlands Park or over at Eversley if they are allowed out of mummies sight for more than a few minutes and promise not to get their trainers muddy or want to stray more than a few steps from the big stash of pop and crisps in the larder which is, in turn, a few feet from the big armchair for their ever expanding fat arses and not too far from the wii box 360 DS and wall size flat screen TV.
[quote][p][bold]CleverPoliticalSloga n[/bold] wrote: This is a disgrace pitsea children have nothing to do now apart from hang around shops. Pitsea is going to turn into a slum.....this is not a re generation of a town its running down a town![/p][/quote]they can play in Northlands Park or over at Eversley if they are allowed out of mummies sight for more than a few minutes and promise not to get their trainers muddy or want to stray more than a few steps from the big stash of pop and crisps in the larder which is, in turn, a few feet from the big armchair for their ever expanding fat arses and not too far from the wii box 360 DS and wall size flat screen TV. Eric Whim

5:46pm Fri 7 Sep 12

Eric Whim says...

CleverPoliticalSloga
n
wrote:
This is a disgrace pitsea children have nothing to do now apart from hang around shops. Pitsea is going to turn into a slum.....this is not a re generation of a town its running down a town!
they can play in Northlands Park or over at Eversley if they are allowed out of mummies sight for more than a few minutes and promise not to get their trainers muddy or want to stray more than a few steps from the big stash of pop and crisps in the larder which is, in turn, a few feet from the big armchair for their ever expanding fat arses and not too far from the wii box 360 DS and wall size flat screen TV.
[quote][p][bold]CleverPoliticalSloga n[/bold] wrote: This is a disgrace pitsea children have nothing to do now apart from hang around shops. Pitsea is going to turn into a slum.....this is not a re generation of a town its running down a town![/p][/quote]they can play in Northlands Park or over at Eversley if they are allowed out of mummies sight for more than a few minutes and promise not to get their trainers muddy or want to stray more than a few steps from the big stash of pop and crisps in the larder which is, in turn, a few feet from the big armchair for their ever expanding fat arses and not too far from the wii box 360 DS and wall size flat screen TV. Eric Whim

12:48pm Sat 8 Sep 12

TheWizzard says...

Rich~Carol wrote:
Just had a long phone call with a councillor and I am now informing you all that the Pitsea Pool with be closed forever around the 20th December this year and this is not a wind up or a spoof mail this is 100 percent the truth and its disgusting. I do not tell silly stories or tell rubbish. Carol
Merry Christmas from the tories eh, whats next on their 'hit list' Basildon sports center then the Eversley leisure centre
[quote][p][bold]Rich~Carol[/bold] wrote: Just had a long phone call with a councillor and I am now informing you all that the Pitsea Pool with be closed forever around the 20th December this year and this is not a wind up or a spoof mail this is 100 percent the truth and its disgusting. I do not tell silly stories or tell rubbish. Carol[/p][/quote]Merry Christmas from the tories eh, whats next on their 'hit list' Basildon sports center then the Eversley leisure centre TheWizzard

5:02pm Sun 9 Sep 12

Imbroglio says...

How can anyone think this is a good idea?
How can anyone think this is a good idea? Imbroglio

6:20pm Sun 9 Sep 12

TheWizzard says...

Imbroglio wrote:
How can anyone think this is a good idea?
I have heard that the council is in debt to the tune of around £200,000,000
[quote][p][bold]Imbroglio[/bold] wrote: How can anyone think this is a good idea?[/p][/quote]I have heard that the council is in debt to the tune of around £200,000,000 TheWizzard

9:02pm Wed 19 Sep 12

wickford75 says...

A disgrace. If anywhere needs a pool/access to reasonable indoor exercise it's Pitsea. Councillors should be forced to pay personally for all the problems their decision causes.
A disgrace. If anywhere needs a pool/access to reasonable indoor exercise it's Pitsea. Councillors should be forced to pay personally for all the problems their decision causes. wickford75

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