“A very sad day for Millom” as pool demolition starts

Campaigners have described today as “a very sad day for Millom” as the pool they had campaigned to save began to be demolished and was just “another nail in the coffin for the health and well-being of the people.”

The Save Millom Swimming Pool Group have worked tirelessly for 11 months to re-open the facility until funding was found for a new facility.

A group spokesperson said they would now challenge Cumbria County Council in court.

A demolition gang and security guards turned up today and locals taking pictures and video were asked to stop before the police were called.

“Our swimming pool is nearly 60 years old a built by the hands of Millom School children.

“We are the only town that is three quarters surrounded by water., explained the campaign group.

“Millom is the most isolated town in Cumbria, no police station, no public busses, no Job Centre. The austerity in Millom is the highest in Cumbria. Our town flooded because CCC didn't empty out drain gullies for over 10 years.

“The loss of our Swimming pool is just another nail in the coffin for the health and well-being of the people in our area.

“Our legal team will now challenge CCC in court. This demolition is unlawful.
CCC cabinet and elected reps refuse to talk solutions with the Save Millom Swimming Pool Group. We believe that the public should vote no confidence in CCC.

“There is very little left to close in our town.

“It's a very sad day for Millom,”

Last year Cumbria County Council closed the swimming pool, saying it was in a state of disrepair, and in June announced  it would be demolished.

Millom residents reacted with a campaign of opposition. They won a reprieve, but plans were back in place for demolition to start last month.

The pool was built by the Millom community nearly 60 years ago to provide swimming lessons, to prevent children and adults from drowning.

The group held a well-attended community meeting, met MPs, councillors, and even brought in their own independent surveyors to assess the viability of the pool.

Their survey proved that it was possible and cost-effective to keep it.

The campaigners believe the pool can help tackle some of the health problems in the town.

The nearest swimming pool to Millom is 25 miles away.

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