Lifeline for Sherburn pool

A number of interested members of the community and representatives of Sherburn High School Governing Body have met to develop plans to safeguard the future of the swimming pool on the school site.

The Community Action Group has applied for funding for a feasibility study into the community use and further development of leisure facilities on the school site.

A spokesman for the group said: “The hope is that ultimately, capital can be found to build discrete changing rooms for the pool so that it can be more widely used by the community.

“In addition, the Group is liaising with Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust and representatives of Selby District Council with a view to developing this amenity.”

The future of the school-based swimming pool was thrown into doubt last year when the county council withdrew funding.

But more than 1,000 local residents signed a petition to keep it open.

Organisers decided that a lifeline looked to be in opening the pool to the public for events such as parties but security issues in access to the school site were raised.

This week the action group announced that North Yorkshire County Council has also offered its support.

The spokesman added: “Meanwhile, the Governors of the School have agreed a new scale of commercial lettings charges which better reflect the real costs of each hour’s use.”

Anyone interested in hiring the pool should contact site manager Mr John Wagstaff at the school 01977 682442.