Last-ditch battle to save pool in Pitsea

Campaigner Malcolm Chapman and Labour councillor Byron Taylor with the pool petition

Campaigner Malcolm Chapman and Labour councillor Byron Taylor with the pool petition

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A BIG push to trigger a council debate on Pitsea swimming pool has been launched by campaigners leading the fight to save it.

The Echo yesterday revealed Basildon Council is set to transfer the pool, in Northlands Pavement, to private owners so it can be knocked down as part of major regeneration plans for the area.

However, campaigners have vowed to fight on and will try to get 5,000 signatures on a petition this weekend to force a debate on the pool’s future, which can be held under the council’s constitution.

Malcolm Chapman, 43, of Burns Avenue, Pitsea, said: “I don’t feel the public have been listened to at all and we have just been pushed aside.

“The people of Pitsea want to keep their swimming pool.

“I am going to canvass the town centres as much as possible to get up to 5,000 names, which will trigger a public meeting.

“I understand Pitsea needs regeneration, but it’s going to come at such a cost.

“With it being Olympics year, it’s such a shame that not more can be done to keep the pool. But we will carry on fighting and not give up.”

Labour ward councillors in Pitsea have also vowed to fight the plans unveiled by the Tory administration.

Gavin Callaghan, councillor for Pitsea North West, said: “There are lots of ways to describe the council’s actions on this, but it can best be described as a stitch-up.

“The council has clearly not done its job properly and has acted in an indefensible way by not consulting residents.”

Aidan McGurran, councillor for Pitsea South East, added: “It is a sad day for Pitsea and, indeed, a sad day for anyone living in Basildon. The administration has badly let Pitsea down.”

Once the pool is gone, the way will be clear for £30million regeneration plans, including a Morrisons supermarket, creating 350 jobs, six shops, including an Aldi store, and a new 100-pitch market on the site of the Railway Hotel.

Tory Malcolm Buckley , the councillor responsible for reg- eneration, said: “We have listened to local people and this is not a decision the council has taken lightly.

“What people have to realise is if they want regeneration in Pitsea, the swimming pool has to go. There is sadly no way around that. There cannot be a regenerated town centre and a swimming pool.

“You just have to look at Laindon to see what can happen to a town centre if nothing is done and we don’t want the same thing in Pitsea.”

If you would like to join the Pitsea pool debate, log on to www.facebook.com/Save PitseaPool

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10:04am Mon 10 Sep 12

AndyBSG says...

Complete waste of time.

The regeneration of the dump that is Pitsea Town Centre is of MUCH more value to the area and the residents than some swimming pool that is only used by a small number of Pitsea's population
Complete waste of time. The regeneration of the dump that is Pitsea Town Centre is of MUCH more value to the area and the residents than some swimming pool that is only used by a small number of Pitsea's population AndyBSG
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11:48am Mon 10 Sep 12

BenfleetBarrel says...

It's a shame that the Councillor won't budge. He smugglers the pool from under people's noses without consultation.
It's a shame that the Councillor won't budge. He smugglers the pool from under people's noses without consultation. BenfleetBarrel
  • Score: 0

11:58am Mon 10 Sep 12

TheWizzard says...

Funny how he compares Pitsea to Laindon, they bulldozed markhams chase for housing and the regeneration of the shopping centre has still not happened. As for listening, they never do. The Sv probably isn't doing as well as they are letting on and they are trying to force people into using it
Funny how he compares Pitsea to Laindon, they bulldozed markhams chase for housing and the regeneration of the shopping centre has still not happened. As for listening, they never do. The Sv probably isn't doing as well as they are letting on and they are trying to force people into using it TheWizzard
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12:02pm Mon 10 Sep 12

barrylabs says...

Trying to get 5000 signatuers on a petition with such speed owes much to the dedication of Mr Chapman
Trying to get 5000 signatuers on a petition with such speed owes much to the dedication of Mr Chapman barrylabs
  • Score: 1

12:03pm Mon 10 Sep 12

TonyPorch says...

I think they were too brief and just acted with speed. Oh what a shame!
I think they were too brief and just acted with speed. Oh what a shame! TonyPorch
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12:13pm Mon 10 Sep 12

BenfleetBarrel says...

Mr Chapman has been thrown in at the deep end - being the lead campaigner for the pool has been a long crawl.
Mr Chapman has been thrown in at the deep end - being the lead campaigner for the pool has been a long crawl. BenfleetBarrel
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12:22pm Mon 10 Sep 12

Ian P says...

Tory Malcolm Buckley, the councillor responsible for regeneration
said: “What people have to realise is if they want regeneration in Pitsea, the swimming pool has to go. There is sadly no way around that. There cannot be a regenerated town centre and a swimming pool". What a load of twoddle. If what is claimed is correct, although the pool is on the edge of the regeneration area, does this mean if the pool was in a grade one listed building which could not be pulled down the rest of the centre would never be regenerated? No of course not, the regenration would take place around the building.
Tory Malcolm Buckley, the councillor responsible for regeneration said: “What people have to realise is if they want regeneration in Pitsea, the swimming pool has to go. There is sadly no way around that. There cannot be a regenerated town centre and a swimming pool". What a load of twoddle. If what is claimed is correct, although the pool is on the edge of the regeneration area, does this mean if the pool was in a grade one listed building which could not be pulled down the rest of the centre would never be regenerated? No of course not, the regenration would take place around the building. Ian P
  • Score: 1

1:36pm Mon 10 Sep 12

Eric Whim says...

Ian P wrote:
Tory Malcolm Buckley, the councillor responsible for regeneration said: “What people have to realise is if they want regeneration in Pitsea, the swimming pool has to go. There is sadly no way around that. There cannot be a regenerated town centre and a swimming pool". What a load of twoddle. If what is claimed is correct, although the pool is on the edge of the regeneration area, does this mean if the pool was in a grade one listed building which could not be pulled down the rest of the centre would never be regenerated? No of course not, the regenration would take place around the building.
if the pool was in a grade one listed builing it'd suffer a series of 'mysterious' arson attacks and for the safety of the public would have to be pulled down and the regeneration would go ahead as planned.


Its called the 'Laindon Hotel Tactic' in Council chambers, allegedly.....
[quote][p][bold]Ian P[/bold] wrote: Tory Malcolm Buckley, the councillor responsible for regeneration said: “What people have to realise is if they want regeneration in Pitsea, the swimming pool has to go. There is sadly no way around that. There cannot be a regenerated town centre and a swimming pool". What a load of twoddle. If what is claimed is correct, although the pool is on the edge of the regeneration area, does this mean if the pool was in a grade one listed building which could not be pulled down the rest of the centre would never be regenerated? No of course not, the regenration would take place around the building.[/p][/quote]if the pool was in a grade one listed builing it'd suffer a series of 'mysterious' arson attacks and for the safety of the public would have to be pulled down and the regeneration would go ahead as planned. Its called the 'Laindon Hotel Tactic' in Council chambers, allegedly..... Eric Whim
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6:42pm Tue 11 Sep 12

CleverPoliticalSlogan says...

AndyBSG wrote:
Complete waste of time. The regeneration of the dump that is Pitsea Town Centre is of MUCH more value to the area and the residents than some swimming pool that is only used by a small number of Pitsea's population
You Sir are a complete moron, you've obviously never ventured out of your house to Pitsea Pool as you would see it being used by hundreds of children for swimming lessons, countless fitness classes, not to mention the Disabled swimming clubs. In short dont comment on what you know nothing about!
[quote][p][bold]AndyBSG[/bold] wrote: Complete waste of time. The regeneration of the dump that is Pitsea Town Centre is of MUCH more value to the area and the residents than some swimming pool that is only used by a small number of Pitsea's population[/p][/quote]You Sir are a complete moron, you've obviously never ventured out of your house to Pitsea Pool as you would see it being used by hundreds of children for swimming lessons, countless fitness classes, not to mention the Disabled swimming clubs. In short dont comment on what you know nothing about! CleverPoliticalSlogan
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3:01pm Fri 14 Sep 12

Mr. Pedantic says...

Nice to see Malcolm Chapman back. Stroke of genius to organise a petition. Maybe he can enlist support from his famous younger and thinner brother - Elvis Costello.
Nice to see Malcolm Chapman back. Stroke of genius to organise a petition. Maybe he can enlist support from his famous younger and thinner brother - Elvis Costello. Mr. Pedantic
  • Score: 0

3:07pm Fri 14 Sep 12

GeordieWardy says...

If it closes doon weor am Ah gunna wear me speedos
If it closes doon weor am Ah gunna wear me speedos GeordieWardy
  • Score: 0

3:12pm Fri 14 Sep 12

Mr. Pedantic says...

GeordieWardy wrote:
If it closes doon weor am Ah gunna wear me speedos
I believe there's a new open air swimming pool in Hockley (near the kebab shop) you could try. It has two lanes but they're not very deep.
[quote][p][bold]GeordieWardy[/bold] wrote: If it closes doon weor am Ah gunna wear me speedos[/p][/quote]I believe there's a new open air swimming pool in Hockley (near the kebab shop) you could try. It has two lanes but they're not very deep. Mr. Pedantic
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