Don't Scrub the Tub

STOP PRESS: Council finally closes pool
Supporters of the Save Gorton Tub campaign have reacted angrily to the decision to shut the Neptune's Kingdom swimming pool, known locally as "Gorton Tub", at the end of the summer. At the end of July, the Executive of Manchester City Council finally decided to close the popular pool, despite the opposition of the local community. The campaigners are determined to fight on, and were holding a public meeting as we went to press.

The council had planned originally to shut the pool at the end of March. A huge campaign sprang up, which won support from Sir Bobby Charlton, GPs, local councillors and the MP. The campaign has presented over 4000 signatures on a petition to the council, help two public meetings of over 120 people, held demonstrations, and lobbied council meetings.

Campaigner Ian Allinson says: "We know that the council is considering handing leisure services over to private companies to run. A small number of overcrowded pools be more attractive to private companies who are only concerned with profits. The decision to close the tub has been based on one factor - money. The council should take into account the impact of closure on the local community, health, and particularly people with disabilities, for whom Manchester has no other suitable facilities."

Many link the closure plans, which are driven by cost-cutting, to the millions being spent by the council on the Commonwealth Games.

Save Gorton Tub campaign: (Ian Allinson 0161 231 5827, Lynda Shentall 0161 223 9814, Tony Martin 0161 225 2253, Councillor Jackie Pearcey 0161 336 0468, Steve Allen 0794 735 8603)

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